Episode C24 – A Kingdom of Sand

Synopsis: Sarduri II rules at the pinnacle of Urartian power, conquering lands from the Black Sea coast to the Zagros Mountains to the kingdoms of northern Syria. Matti’el of Arpad unifies Aramean lands north of Damascus then allies with Urartu against the Assyrians. His defeat by the mysterious ruler of KTK only results in a temporary setback, and an Assyrian Empire pressed on all fronts seems destined for imminent collapse.

“I am the ruler Yariri – the prince beloved by the Storm God, Kubaba, Karhuha and the Sun. The gods have made me strong and exalted over Carchemish. I strengthened Carchemish and I exalted my lord’s house in Carchemish. I caused the river to pass (here)…I built the temple of the god of Harmana and I made my own statue…I brought up Kamani as a successor, wherefore I showed virtue above all kings.  And I brought up his younger brothers, I let them in as brothers and I extended protection to them, the children of my lord Astiruwa.” – Yariri’s inscription on the Royal Buttress at Carchemish

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2 thoughts on “Episode C24 – A Kingdom of Sand

  1. Scott,

    I’ve recently relisted to the 24 episodes of the C-series. Thank you so much for all your efforts!

    In addition to the wonderful podcast, I want to extend special thanks for the maps, images, and other materials you post for each episode. As parts of the recent story have been complicated, this material is very helpful. I wish all history podcaster would learn from what you do here in terms of posting helpful materials. Many history podcasters do a poor job of placing their stories in a geographic context. The maps are so, so, SO helpful.

    My eternal thanks!

    I look forward to the continuation of the C-series!



    1. Hi Spencer, thanks so much for dropping by with the kind words. Glad you’re enjoying the current series, and glad that you’re finding the supporting materials helpful. I’m currently researching and writing the next season, keep an eye out for new Eps in October. Take care, Scott

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