20 episodios

From the dawn of human civilization, the oldest myths, legends, histories and tales recorded by ancient peoples. Focusing on stories written down in bronze age Mesopotamia, join me as we revive the oldest oral storytelling traditions. New episodes every Wednesday. Each episode is self-contained, even the ones that feature recurring characters, so feel free to listen in any order or no order. Online at oldeststories.net. I hang at a discord at https://discord.gg/q8XPnpg

Oldest Stories James Bleckley

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From the dawn of human civilization, the oldest myths, legends, histories and tales recorded by ancient peoples. Focusing on stories written down in bronze age Mesopotamia, join me as we revive the oldest oral storytelling traditions. New episodes every Wednesday. Each episode is self-contained, even the ones that feature recurring characters, so feel free to listen in any order or no order. Online at oldeststories.net. I hang at a discord at https://discord.gg/q8XPnpg

    Sargon, the Next Generation

    Sargon, the Next Generation

    Sargon had two sons and both will sit on the throne. Rimush will do all the work, while Manishtushu will enjoy all the rewards. Both are fairly interesting on their own, but suffer from being the interlude between two fascinating characters, Sargon and Naram-sin, and thus are less remembered then they perhaps deserve. Online at oldeststories.net.

    • 32 min
    Sargon at war

    Sargon at war

    Here is the meat of the Sargon Legend, his conquests. But he wasn't just conquering for the sake of conquest, his empire was formed from a vision which shows his very deep understanding of logistics, international trade, economies of scale. And all this, as we will see, is what makes his kingdom the world's first empire. Online at oldeststories.net

    • 36 min
    Sargon at Peace

    Sargon at Peace

    What did Akkadian power look like on the ground, and what did daily life look like for the average Sumerian during this period? Today I will use the occasion of the rise of the Akkadian Empire to pause and look at the human condition below that of gods and kings, since there are now enough sources to put together that we can at least sketch these things for the first time in human history. Not much story this week, just discussion of how things were. We will return to the story of the grand sweep of the empire next week. Online at oldeststories.net

    • 30 min
    Sargon Rising

    Sargon Rising

    Today we look at the rise of the world's first empire, following the story of Sargon of Akkad's rise from the son of a gardener to the king of Sumer and Akkad. His rise and empire is bigger than can be fit into a single episode, but the Legend of Sargon's rise to power should be enough to whet your appetite for the coming Akkadian series. Online at oldeststories.net

    • 28 min
    Reform and Corruption in Lagash

    Reform and Corruption in Lagash

    Last time was the rise, this time is the fall of the city of Lagash, into corruption and military defeat. Can the hero of the people, great reformer Urukagina, save his city from certain destruction? No, he can't, but he will try. The three big names today are Enmetena, Urukagina, and Lugalzagesi as witness the dramatic end of an era. Online at oldeststories.net

    • 30 min
    Kings and Wars in Lagash

    Kings and Wars in Lagash

    War; war never changes. Forty five hundred years ago the men of Lagash made war against the city of Umma over water rights, the very first battle for which we have recorded details. This episode begins the history of the city of Lagash and looks at the rough reality of ancient battle. Online at oldeststories.net

    • 26 min

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