Chariot Armies of the Ancient Near East

– For thousands of years all the kings of the Ancient Near East would ride in chariots as part of official processions. The sun god was deemed to ride a chariot across the sky in a number of different myths. This was no mere symbolism. The chariot was in fact the machine that held in place the social order of the Bronze Age as both a formal vehicle and often as a lethal presence on the battlefield. (Full Article)

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A Late Bronze Age Hittite Chariot.

 

Welcome to Tut Uncut -Podcast

– “Tut” the series premiers on Spike July 19th-21st. Stay tuned over the coming weeks as we post articles, videos and respond to your questions.

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Ay (Ben Kingsley), Tutankhamen (Avan Jogia) and Ankhesenamum (Sibylla Deen)

Image from a chest found in Tutankhamun's tomb.

Image on a chest in Tutankhamun’s tomb.

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The God’s Father, Ay

 – The Pharaoh Ay had a long career in 18th Dynasty Egyptian politics and he has left an enigmatic story for history to follow. Ay began his career as a chariot commander during the reign of Amenhotep III. He would become, after several decades, one of the most powerful men in all of the ancient Near East. Full Article

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Ben Kingsley as Ay in Spike’s series “Tut”

The Bronze Age World System

– During the Early Bronze Age (3300-2100 BCE) the cities of Sumer became connected with the Mediterranean Sea  and Egypt and a world trade system came into effect that lasted over 1000 years, linking East Asia to the Aegean and beyond. Full Article

A Bronze Age Egyptian trading ship.

A Bronze Age Egyptian trading ship.

Tutankhamun’s World

– By the end of the 15th Century B.C.E. a vibrant international community had developed across the Near East with a trade network linking Africa to Europe and Central Asia. Dominating this community was Egypt, at first with military might and then with its enormous wealth. Full Article

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