Episode 2: Indo-Iranians

Map of Indo-European Migrations. Pink represents the original range. The darker areas represent earlier migrations. The lighter areas represent later migrations. Original image by Joshua Jonathan via Wikimedia CommonsCreative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported. Text labels by Trevor Culley, 2019.

Last time, we got up to speed on what was going on in the Near East in the centuries before the Persians showed up. What we didn’t cover, was who exactly are these “Persians,” and what were they doing while their future empire was being taken over by the Assyrians. This time, we figure that out as we follow some steppe nomads called the Proto-Indo-Europeans on their 3000-ish year journey to becoming the Persians. 
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4 thoughts on “Episode 2: Indo-Iranians

  1. Jake

    Finally got back this podcast, great to see that there are so many episodes already! I hope to catch up to the most recent episodes soon.


  2. Darren

    Just found the podcast. Been great so far! However, I was disappointed that you didn’t mention the BMAC civilization in this podcast whatsoever. Anthony, among others, suggests that it was trade with BMAC that brought the Indo Iranians south and likely the source of the linguistic and religious substrate found in Avestan and Vedic Sanskrit. It was this Aryan-BMAC mix that created the early Iranian tribes that migrated into the Iranian plateau.


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