#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for May 3, 2022

Hodie est a.d. V Non. Mai. 2775 AUC ~ 3 Thargelion in the first year of the 700th Olympia

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Wrenched out of the sunlit meadow, Persephone confronts Hades, ruler of the underworld, and his three-headed dog, the terrifying yet strangely affectionate Cerberus.  Persephone runs away from Hades’ gloomy palace, but learns there is no way home….

Settle in for a HEFTY episode, folks! This week, Amber and Anna examine the world of the Neo-Assyrian empire. This means some substantial time spent context-setting, thanks to the complex nature of early Mesopotamian politics, religion, warfare, and state propaganda. Then we look further at that carefully crafted state propaganda and its influence on Assyriology. THEN we get into a bit of archaeology, and finally, discuss the Neo-Assyrian legacy and descendant communities. What a ride!

Liv speaks with author and past guest, Jennifer Saint, about her new novel ELEKTRA, following the stories of Elektra, Clytemnestra, and Cassandra, and the curse on the house of Atreus… ELEKTRA is out now in North America and the UK, find it wherever you get your books. Follow Jennifer on Instagram and Twitter.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends abundance imported from abroad.

… adapted from the text and translation of:

Jean MacIntosh Turfa, The Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar, in Nancy Thomson de Grummond and Erika Simon (eds.), The Religion of the Etruscans. University of Texas Press, 2006. (Kindle edition)

#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for May 2, 2022

Hodie est a.d. VI Non. Mai. 2775 AUC ~ 2 Thargelion in the first year of the 700th Olympia

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The rise of Christianity in the first few centuries AD is one of the most significant stories in world history. But it’s also an incredibly turbulent one. It’s a story filled with (in)famous episodes of conflict with the Roman state. It’s a story of co-existence, but also one of intolerance and of violence. From martyrdom to monasticism; from Celsus to Hypatia; from the Emperor Constantine hedging his divine bets to early Christians burning down one of the greatest architectural wonders of the ancient Mediterranean World. In today’s episode Tristan chats to author and journalist Catherine Nixey about the rise of Christianity and the sometimes-violent interactions that early Christians had with the Classical World.

The Life of Lope de Vega, greatest dramatist of the Spanish Renaissance Theatre. He had a very full life which was not just confined to writing plays, but his output was prolific on a scale that has not been matched before or since. This is his story. Then a short overview of what was special about his plays, his attitude to Aristotle and his prescriptions on the use of poetry.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends shortages.

… adapted from the text and translation of:

Jean MacIntosh Turfa, The Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar, in Nancy Thomson de Grummond and Erika Simon (eds.), The Religion of the Etruscans. University of Texas Press, 2006. (Kindle edition)

#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for April 30, 2022

Hodie est pr. Kal. Mai. 2775 AUC ~ 29 Mounichion in the first year of the 700th Olympia

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More than two years have passed since the death of Caesar, and we now find our story at the final battle of the Liberator’s war. Octavian and Mark Antony lead their forces west to confront Cassius and Brutus, who have amassed quite the army in the meantime. Part VI of ‘The Liberator’s War’ Guest: Assistant Professor Steele Brand (History, The King’s College, New York City).

The cave analogy, which takes up the majority of book 7 of the Republic, is one of the most famous passages in all of western philosophy. In this episode, we are joined by Ben Morison, professor of philosophy at Princeton, to dive deep into the allegory and unpack its various levels of meaning.

Juppiter ēlectus…

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[Saturday] If it thunders today, it portends plenty of good things 

[Sunday] If it thunders today it portends the fleeing of common people and the loss of honour.

… adapted from the text and translation of:

Jean MacIntosh Turfa, The Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar, in Nancy Thomson de Grummond and Erika Simon (eds.), The Religion of the Etruscans. University of Texas Press, 2006. (Kindle edition)

#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for April 29, 2022

Hodie est a.d. III Kal. Mai. 2775 AUC ~ 28 Mounichion in the first year of the 700th Olympia

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Sparked by current events in the work patron of the podcast Carlos asks ‘what steps did ancient commanders do to ensure that their army’s logistics were in order?’

Plato is at once the most loved and possibly the most hated philosopher of all time. This episode explores five reasons why he drives some people mad.

Liv speaks with past guest Dr. Ellie Mackin Roberts all about Euripides’ Alcestis… And Euripides, and tragedy, and tragedy competitions… And so much more. Mostly, what, on earth, is going on?

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends  zephyr winds.

… adapted from the text and translation of:

Jean MacIntosh Turfa, The Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar, in Nancy Thomson de Grummond and Erika Simon (eds.), The Religion of the Etruscans. University of Texas Press, 2006. (Kindle edition)

#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for April 28, 2022

Hodie est a.d. IV Kal. Mai. 2775 AUC ~ 27 Mounichion in the first year of the 700th Olympia

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This is the second and final part of our interview with philosopher Michael Tremblay, talking about Seneca and stoicism.

Poetry, parables, and produce – how did someone live a healthy life in the ancient Greco-Roman world? Tristan is joined by author Mark Usher to talk about what we can learn from our ancient ancestors. Discussing the impact farming has on both physical and mental well-being, the role it played in music and song, and philosophical musings about the land – Tristan and Mark discuss how can we live a sustainable, and ancient inspired, way of life?

In this episode, we explore what happened to gender in the pressure-cooker of ancient war. To do that, we skip ahead ten years to a different beach: the war-blasted, corpse-strewn sands below the walls of Troy. As the Trojan War dragged on, the most respect went to those who were able to slaughter and pillage and plunder: gender for men devolved into “Smash and Grab” masculinity. Meanwhile, gender for women became “Gender as Property”—in the most explicit terms. It’s in this toxic wasteland that Achilles’ feud with Agamemnon rose to a fever pitch—over a woman called Briseis.

Nero fiddled while Rome burned, didn’t he? At least, that’s what the history books tell us. Nero’s image as a depraved tyrant has been handed down to us by three biased sources, written after the emperor’s suicide in 68AD. These sources have informed interpretations of Nero’s legacy ever since, so much so that his involvement in the Great Fire of Rome has become a meme. Recent scholarship has sought to rehabilitate Nero to a certain extent, to try to understand him in the context of his time. He was indeed a man who succeeded in shocking the Roman elite, but also someone who could strike a chord with the public and was well thought of outside the centre of political intrigue. Rajan Datar attempts to separate fact from fiction, with guests Dr Ginna Closs, Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the US and author of While Rome Burned: Fire, Leadership, and Urban Disaster in the Roman Cultural Imagination which was published in 2020; and Dr Evan Jewell, Assistant Professor of History at Rutgers University, Camden. He’s writing a book entitled Youth and Power: Acting Your Age in the Roman Empire; and Dr Shushma Malik, Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Roehampton. She’s the author of The Nero-Antichrist: Founding and Fashioning a Paradigm.

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Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends people being saved by shields.

… adapted from the text and translation of:

Jean MacIntosh Turfa, The Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar, in Nancy Thomson de Grummond and Erika Simon (eds.), The Religion of the Etruscans. University of Texas Press, 2006. (Kindle edition)