143 episodes

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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    • 4.7 • 1.5K 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

    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!

    • 58 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







    Map of the Late Bronze Age eastern Mediterranean:







    http://s407341505.onlinehome.us/LBA_Hittite_Map.jpg

    • 23 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









    Map of the Late Bronze Age eastern Mediterranean:http://s407341505.onlinehome.us/LBA_Hittite_Map.jpg

    • 27 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







    Map of the Late Bronze Age eastern Mediterranean:http://s407341505.onlinehome.us/LBA_Hittite_Map.jpg

    • 25 min
    Episode C9 – Horse to Horse, Army to Army

    Episode C9 – Horse to Horse, Army to Army

    Synopsis: In the mid-11th century BC, the Hittite kingdoms of northern Syria are joined by others– in the Philistine pentapolis, the Amuq plain and the region of Classical Cilicia – with ties to the former Mycenaean Greeks.  The Phoenician cities of the Levantine coast begin to step from the shadow of post-Collapse Egypt.







    “I am really Azatiwada,







    Man of my Sun, the servant of Thunder God,







    Rendered superior by Awariku, and the ruler of Adanawa,







    Thunder God rendered me Mother and Father of Adanawa city, and







    I am the one, who developed Adanawa city,







    And I expanded Adanawa country, both westward and eastward,







    And during my reign, I made Adanawa city taste prosperity, satiety and comfort, and I filled the grain warehouses,







    I added horse to horse, shield to shield, army to army, everything for Thunder God and the deities…”







    The Karatepe Bilingual







    Map of the Late Bronze Age eastern Mediterranean:







    http://s407341505.onlinehome.us/LBA_Hittite_Map.jpg

    • 22 min
    Episode C8 – The Heirs of Hatti

    Episode C8 – The Heirs of Hatti

    Synopsis: The Great Kings of Carchemish continue ruling over a Hittite rump state in northern Syria as they support the region’s recovery.  After an attack by the Assyrian king Ashur-bel-kala, the Carchemish dynasty is supplanted by the house of Suhi.







    “In that year, in the month Kislev,…from the River Khabur of the land Kharku to the city of Carchemish of the land Hatti he plundered.  He crossed the Euphrates after them in rafts made of inflated goatskins.”  – The Broken Obelisk (of Ashur-bel-kala)







    Map of the Late Bronze Age eastern Mediterranean:







    http://s407341505.onlinehome.us/LBA_Hittite_Map.jpg

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.5K Ratings

1.5K Ratings

sigffh ,

Worth Listening to

A good basic overview of ancient history, as Scot promised, but sufficient for your average curiously minded person who is just a beginner. Not many opinions or personal biases unlike other podcasts. Told in a good measured non-condescending manner with an amusing touch of dry humour. A few areas of mispronunciation though he does apologize in advance for this.
It may not be for everyone but it works for me, nice work Scot 👍

RegularCoffee ,

I can’t stop listening

I love this podcast. He deftly weaves a story that pulls together geopolitics and the daily lives of individuals. Throughout, he provides a wealth of knowledge, wonderful storytelling and good humor. Anyone who can quote Nigel Tufnel from Spinal Tap is worth a listen!

flofan ,

Awesome!

What starts as a perfunctory recap of history up until 500 B.C. turns in to a nuanced account of the early days of archeology. What a cool show!

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