Today we follow the course of the Great Elamite War, the turning point in Babylon’s history when it will beat the odds and establish itself as the region’s great power for the next thousand years. The story itself is full of action and twists, but we will take some time also to look at how warfare has evolved and systematized as we emerge fully out of the previous transitional period fully into the Amorite age of warfare.
So, the Elamite king has a name, but I chose not to read it out loud because it is written Siwepalarhuppak and honestly I couldn’t get my tongue around that even after practicing a few times, so too bad to old Siwepalarhuppak, if you wanted to be remembered forever, then you should have picked a simpler name. Humorously, it seems that even the Mesopotamians couldn’t get his name right and he appears in their letters as Sheplarpak.
All the letters that I am reading are from Marc Van De Mieroop’s “King Hammurabi of Babylon: a biography” which is also the best single resource on the man that I have found, though it is a bit weak on his early career.