Show Notes by Episode

Ep 97 – Middle 1 – Ashur-Dan and the Isin Dynasty

Welcome to the iron age. Though the international system of the late bronze age has collapsed under the weight of countless invaders, the Babylonians and Assyrians in their much diminished empires still have eyes only for each other. For them, no era has really ended, the great struggle between the two Mesopotamian power centers has … Continue reading Ep 97 – Middle 1 – Ashur-Dan and the Isin Dynasty

Industry 4 – The Fabric of Civilization and Last Century’s Fashions

Clothing is foundational to civilization. In the bible, it is humanity’s first invention. In Mesopotamian philosophy, it is the thing which separates humans from animals. But as we will see today, even the simplest of cloth garments were the result of an extreme amount of work and technical skill, built up over countless generations of … Continue reading Industry 4 – The Fabric of Civilization and Last Century’s Fashions

Industry 3 Liquid Bread

Our tale of daily life continues. The harvest is over, but the work continues, as there are many steps required to transform boring, nutritious grain into delicious, nutritious beer. Note that the Ninkasi translation comes from etcsl and the drinking song comes from Benjamin Foster’s Before the Muses, a fantastic collection of ancient writings translated … Continue reading Industry 3 Liquid Bread

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