Episode 54. Eckart Frahm: A new history of Assyria, the world’s first empire: Show notes

Eckart has just published a new history of Assyria. What sources can we draw on? How reliable are they? He talks about Assyria’s remarkable royal women and how they were remembered. What did the Assyrians achieve and what is their legacy?

3:39 how have we heard of the Assyrians?
6:42 biblical and classical texts as sources
9:36 what do we need to know about Assyria?
12:44 Assyrian royal women
18:33 were the Assyrians really ‘cruel’?
23:44 empathy for the Assyrians
25:31 their greatest achievements?
28:03 Assyria’s legacy
32:33 Eckart’s approach to history writing
35:55 what’s new?
39:46 unsolved problems

Eckart’s university page: https://nelc.yale.edu/people/eckart-frahm
Eckart’s Academia: https://yale.academia.edu/EckartFrahm

His new book is available
US: https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/eckart-frahm/assyria/9781541674400/?lens=basic-books
UK: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/assyria-9781526623812/

Music by Ruba Hillawi

Website: http://wedgepod.org
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSM7ZlAAgOXv4fbTDRyrWgw
Email: wedgepod@gmail.com
Twitter: @wedge_pod
Patreon: http://Patreon.com/WedgePod