Show Notes by Episode

Elamites with Trevor Culley

Hey oldest stories listeners. The next few weeks we have a real treat. Trevor Culley, host of the fantastic History of Persia podcast, is doing a few guest episodes to tell us all about the Elamites of southern Iran, the eastern neighbors of the ancient Sumerians. He has put together some excellent shows in an … Continue reading Elamites with Trevor Culley

Episode 95 – Hittite 21 Hattusili Secures His Legacy

Western Anatolia is the biggest player in the fall of the Hittite Empire, and those movements begin now, with the later years of Hattusili III. Additionally, the chronic instability that used to afflict the Hittite monarchy on a regular basis returns with a vengeance, as memories of Hattusili’s violent rise to the throne resurface as … Continue reading Episode 95 – Hittite 21 Hattusili Secures His Legacy

Episode 94 – Hittite 20 Hattusili the Peace Maker

This week the Hittite empire hits its high point, as we look at Hattusili III and Ramesses II’s so-called Eternal Treaty, the peace treaty which would help define the climate of the bronze age collapse. Additionally, we look at the various other peace deals that Hattusili is able to secure with his vassals, the Babylonians, … Continue reading Episode 94 – Hittite 20 Hattusili the Peace Maker

Episode 90 – Kassite 5 Tukulti-Ninurta’s Victories

In Babylon, King Kashtiliash IV has a problem. His kingdom is in decline. And so he takes bold actions to shake up the Mesopotamian order, but ends up shaking far harder than he could have ever imagined. Meanwhile, Tukulti-Ninurta takes power in Assyria and spends his early years asserting dominance against the Hittites and Babylonians, … Continue reading Episode 90 – Kassite 5 Tukulti-Ninurta’s Victories

Episode 89 – Kassite 4 The Peaceful Decline of Kassite Babylon

Today we watch the decline of Kassite Babylon, from which distressingly little survives. We look at the prosperity they have achieved, and the ultimate hollowness of its economic foundations, before the long standing rivalry between Assur and Babylon re-ignites with disastrous consequences for the ancient city of Marduk.


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