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This show is focused on the history and myth of the Cradle of Civilization, bronze age Mesopotamia, beginning with the dawn of writing. The show will cover the full history of Mesopotamia, from Gilgamesh to Nabonidas, a span of some 2500 years, with myths of heroes and gods, and tales of daily life peppered throughout. New episodes every Wednesday. Online at oldeststories.net. I hang at a discord at https://discord.gg/q8XPnpg
 
Everywhere around us are echoes of the past. Those echoes define the boundaries of states and countries, how we pray and how we fight. They determine what money we spend and how we earn it at work, what language we speak and how we raise our children. From Wondery, host Patrick Wyman, PhD (“Fall Of Rome”) helps us understand our world and how it got to be the way it is.
 
The purpose of this podcast is to provide the larger context to the situation in the Middle East. The history will be provided through audio recordings of my late father, Dr. David Neiman –an expert on the history of the ancient near east and the relationship between the Church and the Jews. He based his theses on historical records, linguistics and a deep understanding of the Bible and its origins.
 
Culinary historian Linda Pelaccio takes a journey through the history of food. Take a dive into food cultures through history, from ancient Mesopotamia and imperial China to the grazing tables and deli counters of today. Tune in as Linda, along with a guest list of culinary chroniclers and enthusiasts, explores the lively links between food cultures of the present and past.
 
The only way to save the future is to decode the past. The only way to decode the past is to save the future. Archaeologist Sheppard Smyth has staked his career and the honorable memory of his wife and partner on proving his widely panned theory: Cleopatra VII, the last sovereign pharaoh of Egypt, was not a victim of suicide as history suggests, but of a well-concealed murder. When a statue of the doomed Queen is unearthed in a pre-Columbian excavation site in Mexico, Shep rushes to investig ...
 
Apollonius of Tyana (ca. 40-120 AD) was a Greek Pythagorean philosopher and teacher. He hailed from the town of Tyana in the Roman province of Cappadocia in Asia Minor. His date of birth is a matter of conjecture as some say he was roughly a contemporary of Jesus. After Apollonius' death his name remained famous among philosophers and occultists. In a "novelistic invention" inserted in the Historia Augusta, Aurelian, at the siege of Tyana in 272, was said to have experienced a visionary drea ...
 
From prehistoric time to the present, one blood line has endured. Garaaga's children range from the Indus Valley to Mesopotamia to Jerusalem and beyond, influencing ancient civilizations, mighty crusades, and everyday lives. The stories of the god Garaaga, his half-human progeny, and their supplicants have been passed down through the generations. Leaving a frightful, lustful, body-strewn trail through the ages, Garaaga's children and worshipers have survived to spread their religion around ...
 
Mythology extends past the Greek and Roman pantheon, and European fairy tales are only one section in the worldwide folklore lexicon. Every other Monday, join your host Gree, long time folk tale fan and short time global studies scholar, as we delve into stories from traditionally overlooked cultures from all over the planet. If you’re interested in hearing about myths and fables and legends from civilizations that have honed storytelling over thousands of years, “Colored Folklore” is the po ...
 
Placed is a podcast about the geography of the Bible and the geography of our lives. Through story, we’ll explore the wilderness and pastures of the biblical world. As we see how God is at work in every landscape, we’ll find our place in the story of Scripture.
 
A book that won the Newberry Prize in 1921 for an Outstanding Contribution in Children's Literature, The Story of Mankind, by Hendrik van Loon is indeed a classic that has been enjoyed by generations of children and adults. The book is an engagingly written work, dedicated to the author Hendrik van Loon's two young son's Hansje and Willem. It was created to convey the history of the human race to young people in a way that was interesting, memorable and would spur them onto further research ...
 
The Wind That Shakes celebrates music of resistance, revolution and struggle, as well as the power of music to communicate marginal narratives and histories, from every corner of the world from Ireland to Istanbul to India. The podcast follows Brush & Bow’s London-based live event series of the same name, and features interviews with the musicians about their musical journeys, identities, and the stories of some of their songs. Each episode features live recordings from our events and exclus ...
 
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We're often told that ancient Mesopotamia was the "Cradle of Civilization," but what made the region stand out in comparison to its neighbors and contemporaries? More than anything else, it was living in cities and working in a hyper-specialized economic role as subjects of kings that defined life in Mesopotamia. Patrick's book is now available! Ge…
 
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 counterpart. Then, the meat of the episode wi…
 
Colored Folklore, Volume 3: Sun Mythology Episode 19: Asia - Shinto, Japan Story A Translation of the "Ko-ji-ki" Amaterasu Amaterasu: Japanese Sun Goddess Amaterasu The Sun Queen of Japanese Mythology Amaterasu Amaterasu Omikami Amaterasu When the Sun Goddess Hid in the Cave of Heaven Amaterasu Credits Sound (via Envato Elements): Japanese Forest, …
 
After 7 days, the silence is finally broken… But it may have been better off intact. Because when Job’s friends speak, they are the worst comforters that Job has ever had in his life! In this episode we will see the conversation between Job and his friends go from bad to worse! To give feedback on The History of the Bible Podcast click the link (ht…
 
Tukulti-Ninurta may have brought the Middle Assyrian empire to its territorial height, but the interal 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 shake off th…
 
“They sang as they lifted the children into the ship. They sang old space chanteys and helped the children up the ladder one at a time and into the hands of the sisters. They sang heartily to dispel the fright of the little ones. When the horizon erupted, the singing stopped. They passed the last child up into the ship. The horizon came alive with …
 
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, but he will…
 
Listen to an exclusive sneak peak of Patrick's book, The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World, which comes out today, July 20th! This chapter looks at the one-armed German mercenary knight Goetz von Berlichingen, and the emergence of large-scale gunpowder warfare in the 16th century. Listen to the rest of The Verge …
 
Coin Trick is an audio fantasy adventure featuring modern characters, Native American gods and mythical creatures. We think you are going to love it. Our review and interview is kindly sponsored by the creators of Coin Trick but it is also a meeting of minds. Catch Coin Trick in your favourite podcast app or head over to cointrick.net to start list…
 
Colored Folklore, Volume 3: Sun Mythology Episode 19: Indigenous Australians - Oceanic Cultures Story Bila Bila, Sun Goddess Sun Goddesses Australian Pantheon Gnowee Myths and Folklore Goddess Gnowee Solar Goddess Credits Sound (via Envato Elements): Outback Thunder, by JBlanks Australian Outback, by Purpleplanet Music (via Music Vine): Mr. Mischie…
 
Patrick's book, The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World, comes out next Tuesday, July 20th! He worked really hard on it, people like Mike Duncan and Dan Jones say it's good, and you should read it if you liked the seasons of Tides of History on the late Middle Ages and Early Modern periods. But what's it about? And…
 
When Job begins to lament being alive, he says a very strange statement.. May those who are prepared to stir up the Leviathan to curse the day that he was born.. Who are these people that are prepared to stir up the Leviathan? And what is a Leviathan anyways? In this episode we will get to know who Job’s friends are and then take a look at the Levi…
 
This week we free-associate over the legend of Persephone, AKA Proserpina, AKA Kore. Some disagreement among the hosts as to what the center of her legend is, but we’re all in agreement that pomegranates clearly have some powerful afterlife associations across probably every culture on the planet, including the ones that don’t have pomegranates. Th…
 
Although there is archeological evidence and historical writings about olive oil in the ancient world, the popularity, demand, and production of olive oil as we know it today has a very recent history. The designation of Extra Virgin did not occur until 1960, which was the beginning of the modern era for olive oil. Prof. Carl Ipsen from Indiana Uni…
 
While Mesopotamia and even the Indus Valley get the lion's share of the attention, sophisticated and long-lasting societies inhabited the lands fringing the Caspian Sea for thousands of years. The people of the Kura-Araxes Culture, the Oxus Civilization, and Elam left their mark everywhere from Anatolia to Mesopotamia to South Asia, shaping future …
 
When we think of the open grasslands of the Eurasian steppes, we usually imagine nomadic herders taking their livestock from place to place on horseback. But the steppes are a vast and varied place, and so too were the ways of life that ancient people developed to live there. Professor Alicia Ventresca Miller of the University of Michigan joins me …
 
Today we will take a journey through the cultural achievements of Kassite Babylon, which are beginning to reach their famous heights at the cultural intersection of what we would today call science and magic, though of course for the ancients these were one and the same. This will include a look at the remarkably well documented life of Raba-sa-Mar…
 
It's only natural for parents to worry, and sometimes they worry a little too much. Once, a girl was beautiful - and her parents worried that she was too pretty. They were so concerned that they sent her out into the world with a bowl over her head. Poor girl! How could she find a job? How could she find love? When she had a bowl over her head? Peo…
 
Sooo many mispronunciations this week. Jacob apologizes in advance. Victoria mentions the very pretty Four Fox Sake line, which has just amazing design. Website is very pretty! We are very, very interested in Joseph Laycock’s demonology course at Texas State University. And he’s got so much work out there that was on our reading list! Road trip to …
 
Colored Folklore, Volume 3: Sun Mythology Episode 18: Sámi People – The Arctic Circle Story Beaivvi The Sun Goddess of the Sápmi Beaivi Beiwe Brings the Sun Remembering the Deer Mother Goddesses of the Saami Goddess Beiwe Northern Sun Goddesses The Reindeer Goddess Beaivi Festival of The Sámi People Credits Sound (via Envato Elements): Scandinavian…
 
“Does a person worship God out of Genuine love or primarily for God’s blessing?” This is what Satan thought when God bragged about Job. So God, in a way, accepts Satan’s challenge to see what Job would do if he was put through the ringer.. And was he put through the ringer! Join us in this episode as Satan destroys the life of Job, but the man stil…
 
While creating and producing the hit series Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, David Page dove deep into the world of American food. His new book, Food Americana, is an exploration and celebration of the foods Americans love and call their own. Page looks at the foods’ history, its evolution, and uncovers the people and stories behind the food. Tune in …
 
Things didn't stop happening on the vast grasslands of the Eurasian steppes once the first waves of migrants had departed to make their mark on Europe and beyond. New societies, languages, and ethnic groups emerged. The chariot was invented, and bronze metallurgy spread far and wide. One of those innovative societies on the steppe gave rise to the …
 
Finally, the city of Assur wakes up and shakes off the dust of its centuries long obscurity, rising from minor Mitanni vassal to major world player in a single generation, thanks to the personal skill of king Assur-Uballit I. This is an episode of glorious conquest, and also one where we get to take a look at the bitter personal costs of those conq…
 
Synopsis: In the wake of the Sea Peoples, the Hittite Great King Kuzi-Teshub focuses on rebuilding and strengthening his kingdom. A powerful new threat soon emerges in the form of King Tiglath-Pileser I of Assyria. “In the service of my Lord Ashur, my chariots and warriors I assembled; I set out on my march. In front of my strong men I went to the …
 
Professor David Anthony is one of the world's foremost experts on the archaeology of the ancient Eurasian steppes and sits at the cutting edge of Indo-European studies. We discuss the unique nature of the Yamnaya and the prehistoric steppe, the people who lived there, what ancient DNA can tell us about these past societies, and why they matter even…
 
Here it is, the greatest battle of the late bronze age. Pharaoh Ramesses II of Egypt faces off against Muwatalli II of the Hittites, with control over the Levantine coast as the prize. This is a huge deal historically for a number of reasons. It was absolutely massive, involving as many as 90,000 men. It was the largest chariot battle in history, w…
 
Colored Folklore, Volume 3: Sun Mythology Episode 17: Navajo Nation – North America Story Navajo Myth Sun Bearer Monster Slayer Legend Alien God Slayer Slayer of Alien Gods Alien God Slayer Big Monster The War God vs The Anaye Big Monster Changing Woman Goddess Changing Woman Credits Sound (via Envato Elements): Native Americans, by TexasBrother Na…
 
Seeing a family being reunited by God is such a beautiful thing. Even though Jacob didn’t believe his sons when told that Joseph was alive, he made the leap of faith and took his whole family down to Egypt. In this episode we’ll see the once broken hearted father be reunited with his favorite son.. And Jacob doesn’t forget to make sure that the res…
 
Image note – serpent wine glass for header image from Simon Curtis Antiques, with thanks. This week we return to Lilith with Part 2 of a very long conversation about the mother of demons. We open in media res,talking about incantation bowls, a fairly frequent source of demonological lore. These were used as traps for demons, spiralling prayers/abju…
 
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