Episode 3: Babylonians and Medes


Map of the Near East under Babylon and Media. Originals by WillemBK and Szajci, via Wikimedia CommonsCreative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported. Battle sites, Halys River, new cities, and key by Trevor Culley, 2019

We’re bringing the stories from the last two episodes together now. The Medes and the Babylonians joined forces, beat the Assyrians and the Egyptians, and then divided up the Near East between themselves as they built their own empires. After this, I promise there will be some actual Persians on this History of Persia Podcast. 
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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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