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
As mentioned on the show, episode 96, The Fall of the Hittite Empire, will be the last of Season 1 of the Oldest Stories podcast. The show will be returning in a number of months. Make sure you are subscribed to the youtube channel, your favorite podcast app, or our facebook group to be notified. … Continue reading Ask your question about the ancient world!
In 1200 BCE, the Hittite Empire fell, its capitol of Hattusa was abandoned and its final king, Suppiluliuma II, was probably dead. The circumstances leading up to that fall, and the reign of Tudhaliya IV, the final significant Hittite king, are as much a roller coaster of ups, downs, and gaps in the historical record … Continue reading Episode 96 – Hittite 22 Fall of the Hittite Empire
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
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
The Battle of Kadesh may be over, but the drama of the Hittite Empire’s final century is only just beginning. Muwatalli’s final few years give way to the rise of his son, Urhi-Tessub, also called Mursili III, but the young man’s unstable regime will face a hefty challenge when his uncle, the man that Muwatalli … Continue reading Episode 93 Hittite 19 Hattusili’s Palace Drama
Today we have pop culture references! We are going to look briefly at Tiamat, who shows up in some Dungeons and Dragons stuff, and then we are going to look at the god Nergal, who is a popular god in the Warhammer franchise under the name Nurgle, briefly comparing the Mesopotamian god with his fictional … Continue reading Episode 92 – Annunaki 8 Nergal and Ereshkigal
Tukulti-Ninurta may have brought the Middle Assyrian empire to its territorial height, but the internal political issues he creates along the way will pull down his rule. After that, Assyria will be mired in a chain of kingly assassinations while the world seems to collapse around them in the Bronze Age Collapse. Meanwhile, Babylon will … Continue reading Episode 91 – Kassite 6 A Muddy Mesopotamian Mess
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
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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