Ep. 003 – Sargon to Hammurabi: Trade and Turmoil in Ancient Mesopotamia

Thanks for checking out this third episode of The Maritime History Podcast. Although this episode will cover a greater span of time than the first two episodes covered, we'll still slow down and see how a Sumerian moon-god named Nanna-Suen and a Mesopotamian Royal Hymn called “Shulgi and Ninlil’s Boat” can help us better understand maritime history; how Sargon of Akkad forged one of the world's first large empires and used that power to influence trade; and eventually how transition and turmoil within Mesopotamia led to a decline of trade that began with Hammurabi and lasted for centuries. It's a good episode that covers a lot of history in a flash, so buckle your seat belts for Episode 003 – Sargon to Hammurabi: Trade and Turmoil in Ancient Mesopotamia.

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  4 comments for “Ep. 003 – Sargon to Hammurabi: Trade and Turmoil in Ancient Mesopotamia

  1. Noah Funk
    September 3, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Loved the description of the boat early on, beautiful and totally captivating.

    • brandon
      September 10, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      Great to hear, Noah! I’m always excited to share these ancient descriptions of and texts about boats, as many of them (like this one) are quite lovely. Thanks for listening.

  2. Trevor
    December 14, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Thanks for posting these maps and images along with the episodes! It’s great to have a visual reference.

    • Brandon Huebner
      December 15, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      I totally agree and I’m glad they’ve been useful for you! I have to have maps when it comes this stuff and the other images are just nice to have as reference 🙂

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