Ep. 002 – Surplus Food, Big Buildings, and Power Hungry Lugals

On to episode number two where we meet the successors of the Ubaid people, the Sumerians. After the Sumerians came on the scene, their civilization experienced what can legitimately be called an urban revolution, and we'll see the driving factors behind the rise of cities and the emergence of more defined social structures. With social structure came a ruling class, and we'll also see how these rulers contributed to the rise of trade in the Persian Gulf. As we round out the episode, we'll consider the archaeological evidence from the early dynastic period and see what it can tell us about boating and the extent of trade in pre-Akkadian Sumer. Thanks for tuning in to Episode 002 - Surplus Food, Big Buildings, and Power Hungry Lugals.

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