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LATEST SERIES: Carchemish (C Episodes) - tracing the life and death of the Neo-Hittite kingdoms; PREVIOUS SERIES: The Ancient World - from the earliest human civilizations down through 500 BC; Rediscovery (R Episodes) - the stories of the modern scholars and adventurers who rediscovered the ancient world; Bloodline (B Episodes) - tracing the descendants of Mark Antony and Cleopatra over ten generations; Thea (T Episodes) - tracing the disintegration of the Seleucid Empire

The Ancient World Scott C.

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    • 4.6 • 169 Ratings

LATEST SERIES: Carchemish (C Episodes) - tracing the life and death of the Neo-Hittite kingdoms; PREVIOUS SERIES: The Ancient World - from the earliest human civilizations down through 500 BC; Rediscovery (R Episodes) - the stories of the modern scholars and adventurers who rediscovered the ancient world; Bloodline (B Episodes) - tracing the descendants of Mark Antony and Cleopatra over ten generations; Thea (T Episodes) - tracing the disintegration of the Seleucid Empire

    The Method to My Madness

    The Method to My Madness

    A brief history of The Ancient World. Plus: a new season, a new partnership and a new Patreon page!
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    • 28 min
    Episode S6 – Castle of the Slave

    Episode S6 – Castle of the Slave

    Synopsis: Joseph and Hyrcanus of the Tobiad clan served as tax farmers in Coele Syria for nearly half a century, weathering the transition from Ptolemaic and Seleucid control along with the constant maelstrom of Jerusalem politics.



    “Hyrcanus determined not to return to Jerusalem any more, but seated himself beyond Jordan, and was at perpetual war with the Arabians, and slew many of them, and took many of them captives. He also erected a strong castle, and built it entirely of white stone to the very roof, and had animals of a prodigious magnitude engraven upon it…And he ruled over those parts for seven years, even all the time that Seleucus was king of Syria. But when he was dead, his brother Antiochus, who was called Epiphanes, took the kingdom.” – Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, Book XII, Chapter 4



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    • 29 min
    A Quick Note

    A Quick Note

    So, first the bad news: Episode C12 wraps the second “season” of “The Ancient World – Carchemish.” The show’ll be on hiatus for the next few months as I turn my attention to a few other projects. Then I’ll be back with another new season this summer. The good news is that next season will not only cover the emergence of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, but – as a consequence – will also have the benefit of the detailed records the Assyrians made of all their “interactions” with the kingdoms and peoples of early Iron Age Syria. So stay tuned for that, stay subscribed, and I’ll see you all in a few months!
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    • 57 sec
    Episode C12 – The Two Temples

    Episode C12 – The Two Temples

    Synopsis: The growing power of the Israelites and Arameans is reflected in the construction of new temples to Yahweh in Jerusalem and Hadad-Rammon in Damascus. A resurgent Egypt – under increasing influence of the Libyan Meshwesh – begins to eye its former Levantine holdings.



    “And God stirred him up another adversary, Rezon the son of Eliadah, which fled from his lord Hadadezer king of Zobah. And he gathered men unto him, and became captain over a band, when David slew them of Zobah; and they went to Damascus, and dwelt therein, and reigned in Damascus. And he was an adversary to Israel all the days of Solomon, beside the mischief that Hadad did; and he abhorred Israel, and reigned over Syria.” – 1 Kings 11:23-24



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    • 24 min
    Episode C11 – The House of David

    Episode C11 – The House of David

    Synopsis: In the latter half of the 11th century BC, southern Syria witnessed the increasing prominence of semi-nomadic Semitic peoples – including the Edomites, Moabites, Ammonites and Israelites.




    “Kings came, they fought,



    the kings of Canaan fought.



    At Taanach, by the waters of Megiddo,



    they took no plunder of silver.



    From the heavens the stars fought,



    from their courses they fought against Sisera.



    The river Kishon swept them away,



    the age-old river, the river Kishon.” – The Song of Deborah




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    • 28 min
    Episode C10 – These Are Not Foolish Travels

    Episode C10 – These Are Not Foolish Travels

    Synopsis: The fracturing and diminishment of Egyptian power in the early Iron Age is captured in “The Report of Wenamun.”



    I found (King Zakar-baal of Byblos) seated in his upper chamber with his back against a window, and the waves of the great sea of Phoenicia broke behind his head. I said to him: “Blessings of Amun!” He said to me: “How long is it to this day since you came from the place where Amun is?” I said to him: “Five whole months till now.” He said to me: “If you are right, where is the dispatch of Amun that was in your hand? Where is the letter of the High Priest of Amun that was in your hand?” I said to him: “I gave them to Smendes and Tentamun.” Then he became very angry and said to me: “Now then, dispatches, letters you have none. Where is the ship of pinewood that Smendes gave you? Where is its Phoenician crew? Did he not entrust you to this foreign ship’s captain in order to have him kill you and have them throw you into the sea? From whom would one then seek the god? And you, from whom would one seek you? – The Report of Wenamun



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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
169 Ratings

169 Ratings

von saxe de coburg ,

Absolutely love this cast

Keep up the good work your knowledge is very impressive and you are a pleasure to listen to.

I always look forward to the next episode!!

jonsparta ,

One of the best

I would tell anyone who like history and especially ancient history to give this podcast a go. I listen to a lot of podcasts but this one is the only I have listened through twice!
Really good stuff.

JoeOConner ,

The best comprehensive introduction to Bronze and Iron Age history

Scott reads the sources so you don’t have to! Listen for a thorough, reliable summary of events from 3000BC to 500BC. Scott does a great job of covering the events, in particular how all the ancient civilisations were interlinked. Looking forward to the book!

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