September 28, 2012

7 - Rise of the Akkadians OR Death and Taxes

"I, Eannatum the powerful, called by Ningirsu to the enemy country with anger, that which was in all times I proclaim: The Prince of Umma, each time when his troops eat from the Guedinna, the well beloved lands of Ningirsu, may he(Ningirsu) lay him low."
- The Stele of Vultures

(Even with a busted eye, Sargon still looks like he could destroy you)

Who's ready for some Sumerian political power struggles? YOU ARE! Hot off the audio presses comes another exciting episode about Sumer. I don't have much more to say about it so I won't. 

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Music Credits
ensemble de Organographia - "Hurrian Hymns 7 & 10"

This page lists the cuneiform names of the Lagash kings. Neat!
Statue of Eannatum
Stele of Vultures
Stele of Vultures 2
Mace Head of Mesilim
Cone of Entemena
Silver-copper vase of Entemena
The Manishtushu Obelisk
Akkadian Empire
This map of the Akkadian Empire is probably closer to what was actually controlled.
Family tree of Sargon
Victory Stele of Naram-Sin
The poems of Enheduanna, as well as numerous other Sumerian stories are all here, free of charge!
This author does a really nice and thorough job on the Akkadian emperors. Well worth the read!

September 22, 2012

Also in the news: records are broken!

We just broke 500 1000 downloads! For only being around a month I'm pretty happy about this! I do a little Gizmo dance.

Thank you all for listening, and keep coming back for more history goodness!

6 - The Epic of Gilgamesh OR Enkisee, Enkidu!

"If I should fall, I will have made a name for myself! 'Gilgamesh!', they will say, 'it was he who fought Humbaba and cut down the cedar tree to win glory!' My name will be secured for every child born in my house..."
- Tablet II, column vi

(fans of the Civilization series know that Gilgamesh has the best beard hands down)

Wow...what an experience this episode has been. I've been working on this one around the time Episode 5 was finishing up and after a few revisions and new ideas it's finally finished. The epic of Gilgamesh a la Podcast History of Our World is ready for your listening pleasure. It's got it all - monsters, blasphemy, sound effects, and in a very special first for the show - a guest star! I am beyond fortunate to have voice work of the wildly talented, sensationally sultry, the incomparable Alexandra! Without her stepping in I don't know what I would've done! Probably read the female characters in a bad falsetto voice. While wearing a wig for extra effect. 
Yeah...huh? What? Nevermind that, the important thing is that you DON'T have to hear me talk like Marge Simpson AND get someone who knows what they're doing. Everybody wins! 

Music and Sound Effect Credits

Experimental Sample - "The Middle East" 
Mauro Borgarello - "Mar Rosso"

September 19, 2012

You said nothing about reading...

For those of you who are visually inclined, I now am providing transcripts of the show. When you come to the blog you'll see a big ol' tab underneath the title that says transcripts. That will take you to a Google docs folder where you can download each of the episode scripts. If you've ever been confused about weird names and places mentioned and have no way of googling them, well here you go! Enjoy.

Special thanks to podcast historian and friend Erich G. for proposing the idea!

September 16, 2012

Episode 5 information

For those of you who'd like a little more Sumer in your life...

The Sumerian King List Dynasties (in order):
 Antediluvian Kings, 1st Kish, 1st Uruk, 1st Ur, Awan, 2nd Kish, Hamazi, 2nd Uruk,
2nd Ur, Adab, Mari, 3rd Kish, Akshak, 4th Kish, 3rd Uruk, Akkad, 4th Uruk, Gutian, 5th Uruk, 3rd Ur, Isin
More info

Map of Ubaid cities, and showing how far the Persian Gulf reached inland.
Wiki article on Cuneiform
From clay token to writing!
Good and clear chart on the evolution of cuneiform script.
Happy Sumerian couple?
Classic Sumerian male look.

Really nice documentary from the 90's. It gives a look at the Ma'dan people to show you how reed huts were constructed.

5 - The Cradle of Civilization

"The Flood wiped out all things: and after the Flood had wiped out all things, when kingship descended from heaven, kingship belonged to Kish"
- Sumerian King List

Iraq and roll fellow historians! We've finally entered the realm of written history, something we owe to the ancient Sumerians - those industrious and brilliant people who turned the marshlands of southern Iraq into one of the greatest civilizations ever on Earth.

While we study the Sumerians, the Podcast History of Our World is grateful to Gayle and Phil Neumann of the group, ensemble De Organographia, for graciously allowing me to use part of their recordings for the intro and outro music. The song "Hurrian Hymns 7 & 10" is played on lyre and drum, and represents some of the earliest known music to come out of Mesopotamia. This is as real as it gets folks, and if you like the song, why not check out their other albums too? The group has covered numerous other historical music including Ancient Greece, Egypt and 16th century Italian music.

You can purchase their fantastic albums from North Pacific Music or just do a search on Amazon.
And if you're fortunate enough to live in Oregon check out their live events! Shoot me a line and tell me how the concert was!

(and I'll be posting a list of all sorts of episode goodies later today so check back in!)

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September 15, 2012

The wait is almost over!

This is normally about that time of the week where a brand new episode full of rich, hickory smoked history goodness would come out. But alas, not yet, as I'm having some audio problems with my equipment. Tried recording today and it came out awful. Rest assured that episode 5 WILL be out shortly, and will answer all your Mesopotamian questions.

As a peace offering I present this historical photograph of George Washington fighting Adolf Hitler.

May it inspire you to crush tyranny and inspire freedom wherever you are.
(source: Kotaku)

September 7, 2012

Bibliography or Works Cited?

I don't think it really matters what you call it as long as you give credit where credit is due! Here's the much awaited biblio/works cited list for Episodes 1 through 4, the prehistory episodes

Download here!

Podcasts are great and all, but honestly, I've got 30 minutes to explain as much as I can. I'm going to miss a whole bunch of stuff despite my best efforts. So why not pick up a book and learn even more about this stuff?

September 6, 2012

4 - Neolithic Man

Happy he who far from business, like the primitive race of mortals, cultivates with his own oxen the fields of his fathers, free from all anxieties of gain

It's the fourth episode already? Well it's about time! I'm tired of all this monkey business! Heh, monkey business.

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Music Credits
Kevin Macleod - Tafi Maradi
Various SFX -
Mahalia Jackson - Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho


The Many Venus Figurines

Watch this documentary after you listen to the episode! Bring snacks!

UPDATE 9/21/2012: Incredible evidence of dentistry in Neolithic man!
Thanks Kevin for pointing this out!

I know I didn't do enough for Gobekli check out this site!
(thanks to reddit user Nodems92 for posting this!)

September 4, 2012

Podcast History on iTunes!

Just got the email today that the Podcast History of Our World is officially on iTunes! Now instead of downloading individual mp3's, you can just subscribe and kick back!
There's actually three different ways to go about this:
1) Go to this link which will take you to my iTunes page:
2) Or go to itunes > advanced > subscribe to a podcast and enter this:
3) Or just search for me! If you type in the whole title I will come up! Promise!

We're heading into the big leagues folks. Thanks for supporting this project of mine and be sure to spread the word!

September 2, 2012

New month, new background picture, and new science!

Last month's landmark was the Mausoleum of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, or by it's more modern name: The Castel Sant'Angelo.

This month: Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria.

Incidentally for all my listeners who are really enjoying the baffling science of human evolution, CNN is reporting that genetic testing from the finger bone and teeth from a hominid called Denisovan, links humans and neandertals to this species. The Denisova hominin which these bones came from lived in Siberia as late as 41,000 years ago, which, if my calculations are correct, proves I know nothing about anthropology.

Here's the link to the NPR transcript of Talk of the Nation, in which Ira Flatow talks to David Reich, Professor of Genetics at Harvard.

Episode 4 is coming along nicely so expect a release later this week!