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Episode 38 - Amorite 7 Rim Sin the Pretty Good

Today we see the near collapse of Larsa, and its sudden and unexpected rescue by an Amorite from Elam. After the failure of Nur-Adad's line, Kudur-Mabuk sweeps in from the desert to revitalize the city, and gives birth to the first great conquerer in 250 years, Rim-Sin, who despite his ultimate failure still deserves the title of Rim-Sin the Pretty Good. Pretty much every date with Rim-Sin appears to be plus or minus one year. It is almost as if there are two year name lists floating around that have everything the same but one of the first few years is missing or added on. It doesn't make that much difference, the order of everything that matters is still the same, but it is a bit odd and if anyone is looking it up on their own it is just a discrepancy to be aware of.

Episode 37 - Amorite 6 Petty Kings

The multi-polar Isin-Larsa period continues this week, covering the period from the 1860s to the 1830s BCE. This week is a bit easier that the mess of last week, because we are slowly consolidating to only three major players, Isin, Larsa, and Babylon, and the first two see the coming of benevolent, peaceful kings that actually seem to care at least a little bit about the common citizens of their cities. This state of affairs won't last forever, but it is nice while it lasts. Sin-Kashid's Palace Audio quality is terrible again this week, I can't seem to keep a consistent set-up from episode to episode. I will try and get it improved again for next week, but there is a lot of construction both in my apartment building and in the lot next door, so it is a bit of a challenge.

Episode 36 - Amorite 5 The Founding of Babylon

This week we continue to watch as Isin and Larsa fight each other and the many other rising dynasties over the chaotic period from 1905 to 1865 BCE. Only slightly notable at the time, though soon to be much, much more important, is the occupation of the tiny fishing village of Babylon by an Amorite coalition who will over these forty years give it its first king Sumu-la-el, first walls, and protector god Marduk. This forty years is an absolute mess of conquest, re-conquest, and confused chronologies, but I feel like simplifying the story wouldn't do justice to how completely insane this period was.

Episode 35 - Amorite 4 Middle Bronze Age Warfare

The main narrative of the Isin Larsa period is full of battles both stated and implied, but what do those battles actually look like? What sort of equipment and organization was common in this part of the middle bronze age? Honestly, quite a lot is similar from when we last looked deeply at military organization under Sargon the Great, but a number of things have changed as well, with the introduction of many Amorite battlefield innovations, so this episode will take a break from linear narrative and sketch an example battle of what it could have looked like to be a soldier in a Mesopotamian middle bronze age battle.