#Thelxinoe ~ Your Morning Salutatio for July 11, 2019

Hodie est a.d. V Id. Quintiles (Iulias) 2772 AUC ~  10 Hekatombaion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad

Again, apologies for lateness … we will probably be late tomorrow morning as well.

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Ancient Greece is notorious for keeping women silent, veiled, and firmly fixed at the loom. But was life for women in places like Athens really so restrictive? After exploring their houses, rights and duties in Part 1, we’re going to talk about life as a matron: childbirth, our relationships with the enslaved around us, Athenian nightlife (including the famous escorts who rule it), ritual and festivals. We’ll even hop on over to Sparta to see what mischief those ladies are getting up to.

Shortly after Livia’s death, Tibbo wrote a letter to the senate attacking both Agrippina and Nero. They were prosecuted by Aulus Avillius Flaccus – the future prefect of Egypt, which leads Cam into a sidenote about Flaccus’ treatment of the Jews in Alexandria – and were both sent into exile. Then in 30, Tibbo finally went after his nemesis – Asinius Gallus – the man who married the love of his life

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#Thelxinoe ~ Your Morning Salutatio for July 10, 2019

Hodie est a.d. VI Id. Quintiles (Iulias) 2772 AUC ~  9 Hekatombaion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad

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Odysseus – after twenty years away – wakes up on the shores of his own dear Ithaka.  Athena provides her boy with an intelligence briefing, a reconnoiter strategy, and, of course, a disguise.  And then Odysseus launches into the most dangerous part of his homecoming journey yet:  figuring a way to overcome 108 dangerous suitors, and one very circumspect wife.  This episode includes a bittersweet of father-son reunion, a heartbreaking story of a faithful dog, and an episode-concluding cliff-hanger: “Does Penelope KNOW, or NOT KNOW, that that beggar in her hall, is actually her husband Odysseus?”.

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#Thelxinoe ~ Your Morning Salutatio For July 9, 2019

Hodie est a.d. VII Id. Quintiles (Iulias) 2772 AUC ~  8 Hekatombaion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad

Apologies for the lack of a weekend edition debut (I’m still working on how best to put that together) and yesterday’s #Thelxinoe (a pair of flight cancellations really messed up timing).

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Haec est altera pars colloquii “in foro Romano” incohati, in quo Iustus et Abigail Mexicopoli de urbe deque linguis indigenis colloquuntur.

Hoc in colloquio, Augustus et Iustus, Catharina absente, Novi Eboraci cum plus centum sodalibus apud Institutum Societatis ‘Classicae’ Americanae (ACL) colloquuntur

In this episode I take a look into Rome’s foundation myth and how Livy, Dionysus and Plutarch handled the various elements within it.

With the murder of Caracalla one of the most unlikely men steps into power. Macrinus is unassuming, of the wrong position, and the wrong class. He’d argue he’s the best man for the job, but very few in Rome would agree with him.

Lisa joins David to discuss her work on plant remains from the late Iron Age to Roman periods. As Lisa explains, the growth in archaeobotany in recent years has given us a better understanding of not only what people in the Roman World ate, but how healthy they were, how different regions were connected, and what rural life was like beyond villa culture…

2000 – 1450 BCE – Our first European civilisation takes us to the island of Crete in the Mediterranean where we learn of bare breasted ladies, bull-leaping, huge palaces and the ferocious Minotaur in the labrynth.

With Tiberius safely ensconced in his sex dungeon on Capri, Sejanus goes after more friends of Agrippina, starting with one of Germanicus’ generals, Titius Sabinus. About the same time, Julia The Younger, Augustus’ grand-daughter, finally died, after being in exile for 20 years. And Livia finally died in 29 CE, aged 86.

Rachel Schaevitz joins Aaron along with UNC archaeologist Jennifer Gates-Foster and UNC historian Fred Naiden, to discuss “Pillars of Antiquity,” an upcoming seminar about space and time in the ancient world.

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#Thelxinoe ~ Your Morning Salutatio for July 5, 2019

Hodie est a.d. III Non. Quintiles (Iulias) 2772 AUC ~  4 Hekatombaion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad

Stay tuned for our ‘Weekend Edition’, which will debut some time tomorrow! 

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The complex relationship between the patricians and plebeians is central to our appreciation of the 460s BCE. In this episode we’ll get to consider the complexities first hand with the entrance of Caeso Quinctius (remember this name, he’s going places!).

num usui sit, discentibus Latine legere, hoc sermone loqui vel scribere.

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#Thelxinoe ~ Your Morning Salutatio for July 4, 2019

Hodie est a.d. IV Non. Quintiles (Iulias) 2772 AUC ~  3 Hekatombaion in the third year of the 699th Olympiad

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The complex relationship between the patricians and plebeians is central to our appreciation of the 460s BCE. In this episode we’ll get to consider the complexities first hand with the entrance of Caeso Quinctius (remember this name, he’s going places!).

We jump back into the narrative history of c. 461 BCE with our guides of the moment, Livy and Dionysius of Halicarnassus. Both are writing long after these events, which means that their accounts leave a lot to be desired at times. Nevertheless, both are interested in presenting a narrative on the theme of power. How is it distributed? Who has it and who doesn’t? And what are the mechanisms of political power in this system of armies, consuls, patricians, and plebeians?

Ancient Greece is notorious for keeping women silent, veiled, and firmly fixed beside the loom. But was life for the ladies in places like Athens really so restrictive? What did they get up to behind those veils and shaded screens? Let’s time travel back to the Classical period to find out what it was like to be them.

When Julius Caesar arrived in Egypt, he walked into a civil war between the country’s new co-rulers: Ptolemy XIII and his sister Cleopatra.

The romance between Caesar and Cleopatra is one of the most epic of ancient times. But we can’t tell you that story until you understand who Cleopatra was. And to understand Cleopatra, you have to understand the political element in which she swam.

In this episode, we take you from the cutthroat intrigue of the Ptolemaic court to the volatile streets of Alexandria—and from Cleopatra’s early life to the events that led her to take an extreme gamble and team up with the man who’d just conquered Rome.

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