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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Episode 1 - "Climb the Stone Staircase"

"more ancient than the mind can imagine" - The Epic of Gilgamesh

The Sumerians of Mesopotamia, the Elamites of the Persian plateau, and the Egyptians of the Nile River valley were among the first civilizations to emerge in the ancient world.

http://s407341505.onlinehome.us/Episode_1_Climb_The_Stone_Staircase.mp3

23 comments:

  1. Nice introducrion, though I had hoped for some kind of reflection over the finds at Göbekli Tepe, which goes against the conventional idea that civilization starts with agriculture...

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  2. I appreciate the feedback. Some also argue that the Norte Chico (Episode 2) provide evidence for the maritime origins of human civilization. Unfortunately, in trying to keep the length of each episode reasonably short, I'm sometimes unable to give sufficient weight to competing theories. Thanks for listening!

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  3. Scott, you are mistaken. Farming is NOT boringl It is only the foolish cultural bias of city dwellers that sees working the land as absent of intellectual or spiritual satisfaction.

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  4. Good episode. Was expecting to hear a little more about pre-history though (like Gobekli Tepe and other super old structures), before diving right in to Sumer and Egypt.

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  5. Very nice episode indeed. I've always been interested in ancient history but have never had the time to dig into it. You might just make a history junkie out of me. I appreciate the length of your podcast and think it's great that you are forced to condense things down. It encourages people like me to dig deeper and research on my own and in doing so I will come across the competing theories mentioned by the Reluctant Blogger. Hope you keep up the fine PCast!

    PS. Are you going to reveal whether or not aliens build the pyramids? j/k. Well sort of kidding, the best part of history is often the unexplained mysteries.

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    1. Thanks, glad you liked it! Hope you enjoy the rest of the series. At this point, it looks like the series will run around 20 episodes, as opposed to the originally-projected dozen.

      As far as the pyramids, I read an interesting book years ago about how the Giza necropolis is aligned with the stars in Orion's belt, and various shafts are oriented toward astronomical objects. The Egyptiains certainly knew their stars!

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  6. Really enjoyed this! Came here via the History of Rome page which, although I haven't listened to or followed, I came across via another page which I had found via a simple Google search. Do the other episodes also reference farming? I'm fascinated by the impact of farming on the dispersal of peoples and languages! Thanks for your work. Looking forward to listening!

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    1. Hi! Thanks for coming over via the History of Rome - that's really an excellent podcast, and I hope you eventually get to check it out. To be honest, I typically only discuss the agricultural origins of civilizations, as well as dislocations due to draught & famine, etc. But I don't delve much into farming per se. My main focus is historical "firsts", and I'm also something of an ancient political junkie. Hope you enjoy the series!

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  7. Just found this, it was pointed to me bu an interview with Mike Duncan from T.H.o.R..
    Nice work!

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    1. Thanks for listening, hope you enjoy the series! If you don't mind my asking, which interview was it? Thanks again

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    2. I just discovered your podcast via what's probably the same interview:http://podcast411.libsyn.com/411-i-tem-0228-mike-duncan-from-the-revolutions-and-the-history-of-rome-podcasts

      I'm absolutely loving it so far--I just ripped through the first four episodes on one drive, and I'll probably listen to another four or so on the way home. Great job, and many thanks!

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    3. Fantastic, glad you're enjoying it! And thanks for giving me the link, I wasn't aware of the interview. I just listened to it tonight - Mike related our conversation exactly how I remembered it. The History of Rome tour was a lot of fun, and Mike's a great guy. Hope you enjoy the rest of the series!

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  8. Thank you. My son sent me the link to your podcast because he knows I love Ancient History. My native language is not English and I can not express myself very well in that language but I understand it and listening to your podcast has been a great pleasure. Thank you very much.
    cheers from Brasil

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    1. You're very welcome! I'm glad you are enjoying the series, thanks for listening!

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  9. Ancient Mesopotamia (especially the Sumerians) is something I have been very interested in, and your podcast was a great help in learning about it. Thank you!

    Do you have any suggestions for further learning?, especially in regards for Sumer, Akkad, and Sealand?

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    1. Hi! Welcome to the podcast, I'm glad you enjoyed the first episode. I had two main references for that part of the series: "Ancient Iraq" by Georges Roux & "A History of the Ancient Near East" by Van De Mieroop. Of the two, I'd recommend the first one, since the second is more "textbook-like." Enjoy! - Scott C.

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  10. I Really like your good infomation,Thanks share with us..!
    Stones in Rajasthan

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    1. Thanks Yatika! I hope to visit Rajasthan someday! Take care, Scott C.

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  11. Scott, I know it's been years since this episode was published but I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your awesome podcast. You've given this history lover something to enjoy while commuting and during what little leisure time I have. I work full time but have been attending college part time for a few years as a history major and I love to find others who share the love of history. I had been searching for an ancient history vlog or podcast and thankfully stumbled across yours after listening to a few episodes of Mike Duncan's History of Rome a couple months ago. I have been binge listening ever since. I think you've done a great job with your research and I love the supplementary material you include here and on the facebook page which I just discovered yesterday.
    Take Care!
    Nicole

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    1. Hi Nicole! Thanks for stopping by to give the nice feedback, I appreciate it. I'm very glad you're enjoying the podcast. New Episodes won't be starting up again until April, so you have plenty of time to catch up ;) In the meantime I'll be posting occasionally on the Facebook page, but I'm probably most frequently on the Twitter page (@TheAncientWorld). Take care! - Scott

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  12. Such a beautiful place! I also have a lot of good photos from my little adventure around the world. Follow the link to watch.

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