Episode 8: the Neo-Elamite Kingdom

Well, here it is FINALLY! I got things to work, and meanwhile everything has changed (the feed is still the same)

This episode goes back to the Elamites and their adventures with the Neo-Assyrians, and their murky last century.

Here are a couple of more readings, one on the chronology of the Neo-Elamite period based on newer finds, and the second on Neo-Elamite “acculturation.”

A book on the Arjan Tomb, an important late Elamite discovery (you can read a condensed version with detailed interpretations here)

A map of Mesopotamia in the first century BCE

A map of Mesopotamia in the first century BCE

Seal of Humban-Kitin, son of Shutruk-Nahhunte II

Seal of Humban-Kitin, son of Shutruk-Nahhunte II

Eshkaft-e Salman in Izeh/Malamir

Eshkaft-e Salman in Izeh/Malamir

Hani, the "eastern" Elamite ruler, along with his wife and child, Eshkaft-e Salman, Izeh

Hani, the “eastern” Elamite ruler, along with his wife and child, Eshkaft-e Salman, Izeh

Neo-Elamite beaker, probably from Susa

Neo-Elamite beaker, probably from Susa

Assyrian victory relief of Ashirbanipal, showing Elamites being deported

Assyrian victory relief of Ashirbanipal, showing Elamites being deported

the bowl from the Arjan Tomb

the bowl from the Arjan Tomb

 

7 comments

  1. Ah, a new episode!

    I just wanted to express my appreciation for your work on this podcast. Up till I started listening, I knew very little about the region. My historical interests were always focused on the West since, being American, that’s what I was exposed to. I’m finding this a refreshing change of historical scenery.

    You mentioned the difference between textual and archaeological evidence. I’m curious about the quantity of textual evidence versus physical for this period. Just how much do we have to work with for a time so long ago? How much has survived? Scattered tablets, or have we found a “library”? The only thing my limited knowledge can compare it to would be Egypt, where quite a few large sites have been discovered in fairly good preservation, with much writing. How does this period compare?

    1. Thanks for the comment and the question. It is a fair one, but it is even fairer for me to admit that I am not fully qualified to answer the question. There have not been any “library” finds (if you are alluding the library of Ashurbanipal) in Elamite, but there are a good bit of documents available. We also know much about the period, and Elam as a player, from the Assyrian documents (so that Ashurbanipal library!) and the Babylonian ones. It will be best to have a look at the links I have posted and read the opinions of experts like Wouter Henkelman and Jan Tavernier.

  2. Wonderful to have you back. I am a loyal listener and am happy you will proceed as you can, not holding yourself to an artificial schedule. These resources are great. I would love to see perhaps also a “who’s who” which lists the names (which you so relish in pronouncing) and who they were/how they fit. Keep up the good work, I’m excited to be nearing the Achaemenids.

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