Nice, short article on Cyrus. Livius is generally a good site and I would trust most of its contents.
If you are interested to know a little more about the people I talked about in episode 6, please follow these links:
The Lullubi: an article from Encylopaedia Iranica. Some images of the relief of Anubanini at Sar-e Pol-e Zahab. If you have a sense of humour, then read my attempt at being funny with the Lullubi, which I published a few years ago online!
The Gutians: the entry on Gutians from the EIr. Gutian Sumer, in digested form! You’ll see what I mean about people deciding how folk looked 4,000 years ago when you read this, arguing for a ‘Black’ origin of the Sumerians, or this one which has decided that they were Caucasian. This ‘Kurdish argument‘ is not actually half-bad in camparison…
I was planning to post regular bibliographies for each episode, but a lot of them proved to be from the same set of books. So, I thought is is more useful to create a bibliography page and slowly update it as we go along. Check out the Bibliography after each episode to get some suggestions on what to read if you wish to know more about the subject.