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Monday, June 11, 2012

Episode 9 - The Other 99 Percent

“Regarding what you wrote me before:  ‘Enemy ships were observed at sea!’  If it is true that ships were observed, reinforce yourself.  Where are your troops and chariots?  Are they not with you?  If not, who will deliver you from the enemy?  Surround your cities with walls and bring your troops and chariots into them.  Watch out for the enemy and reinforce yourself well!” – The King of Alashiya, writing to King Hammurabi of Ugarit
The Sea Peoples cut a swath of destruction from Greece to Egypt, while wars, internal conflicts and hostile desert tribes ravaged the civilizations of Mesopotamia.  It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel...like an extended break!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Episode 8 - Look Upon My Works

“…And on the pedestal these words appear:
‘My name is Ozymandius, King of Kings,
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains.  Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”  - Shelley, Ozymandius

The Kassites restored and preserved the ancient culture of Babylon while defending its frontiers against the growing Assyrian threat.  The conflict between Egypt and Hatti over control of Caanan culminated in the Battle of Kadesh.