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Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction, 2nd Edition Audiobook

Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction, 2nd Edition

Author: Ian Shaw Narrator: Mike Cooper Release Date: July 2021

The ancient Egyptians are an enduring source of fascination-mummies and pyramids, curses, and rituals have captured the imagination of generations. We all have a mental picture of ancient Egypt, but is it the right one? How much do we really know about this great civilization? This second edition of Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction explores the history and culture of pharaonic Egypt, including ideas about Egyptian kingship, ancient Egyptian writing systems, and the history of Egyptology. Ian Shaw introduces the listener to issues relating to ethnicity, race, gender, and sexual relations; the latest ideas about death, funerary rites, and mummification; and thoughts on religion and ethics in ancient Egypt. He also looks at the phenomenon of Egyptomania, whereby certain books and films have sensationalized aspects of Egyptian culture. Finally, Shaw takes the story to the present day by illustrating the impact of the Arab Spring on approaches to Egyptian museums and cultural heritage.

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El buque del diablo (Devil's Ship) Audiobook

El buque del diablo (Devil's Ship)

Author: Ildefonso Arenas Narrator: Gabriela Garcia, Martin Untrojb Release Date: July 2021

El Imperio Otomano se alió con Alemania y Austria-Hungría en la Primera Guerra Mundial. Esto resultó, entre otras consecuencias catastróficas, en la guerra que duró dos años más de lo que debería, las dos revoluciones rusas de 1917 y la dictadura bolchevique, el genocidio del pueblo armenio, quince millones de muertos y el desmembramiento del Imperio Otomano, con el nacimiento de una miríada de nuevos Estados en Oriente Medio cuya inestabilidad social, económica y política sigue sin resolverse un siglo después. Si en los albores de la Primera Guerra Mundial el crucero de batalla alemán SMS Goeben,aislado en medio del Mediterráneo, no hubiera esquivado con su audacia y astucia a las marinas francesa y británica, para buscar refugio más allá de los Dardanelos, nada de todo esto habría sucedido. Esta es la historia no sólo de Goeben,sino también del hombre que la comandó; la historia de un hombre que, actuando por su cuenta, bajo sus propios criterios, cambió el destino del mundo.

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Sacred Animals in Ancient Egypt: The History of the Egyptians’ Different Concepts of Animal Diviniti Audiobook

Sacred Animals in Ancient Egypt: The History of the Egyptians’ Different Concepts of Animal Diviniti

Author: Charles River Editors Narrator: Daniel Houle Release Date: July 2021

To the ancient Egyptians, the gods and goddesses were all around them and could be seen daily in nature. Nearly every animal found in ancient Egypt, both domestic and wild, were associated with a god or goddess, which can be seen in Egyptian art where deities are often depicted with human bodies and animal heads. Or sometimes the deities are portrayed as complete animals. Since deities were associated with certain animals, all animals of a specific species were given divine and protected status. The reverence that ancient Egyptians had for certain animals evolved during the long duration of Pharaonic history until by the Late Period animals of specific species were mummified by the thousands as offerings for their associated deities. For instance, ibises were mummified for the god Thoth, while cats were mummified for the goddess Bastet. Modern archaeologists have uncovered most of the Late Period animal mummies in the region near the modern village of Saqqara, which has become known as the “Sacred Animal Necropolis.” Although most of the animal mummies discovered in the Sacred Animal Necropolis of Saqqara are the thousands of nameless ibises, falcons, crocodiles, and cats, the region was also home to another, more important animal cult. The Serapeum, which housed the mummified remains of the dead Apis bulls, was a much grander burial location than the other sacred animals enjoyed in Saqqara and for good reason – the Apis cult was much more important and enduring than the Late Period animal cults. The Apis cult began early in Egyptian history and gradually rose to prominence until, like the other animal cults, it became the object of popular veneration for all Egyptians. Despite gaining popularity with Egyptians of the lower classes, the Apis cult was also patronized by all of Egypt’s kings, which included foreign kings who wanted to legitimize their rule in the eyes of the Egyptian people.

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Order of Assassins, The: The History and Legacy of the Secretive Persian Sect during the Middle Ages Audiobook

Order of Assassins, The: The History and Legacy of the Secretive Persian Sect during the Middle Ages

Author: Charles River Editors Narrator: Daniel Houle Release Date: July 2021

Like the shinobi, more commonly known as the ninja, the assassin is yet another fabled figure with ancient roots that remains astonishingly relevant to this day. Assassins in the context of contemporary pop culture often conjure up images of brooding, silver-tongued individuals in peak physique, equipped with impeccable style, flawless marksmanship, and exemplary hand-to-hand combat skills. Others visualize strapping, muscular men, their mysterious faces almost entirely obscured by the heavy hoods of their capes, toting quivers, an assortment of daggers strapped to their waists, and glinting blades hidden up their sleeves, a portrayal popularized by the chart-topping video game franchise Assassin's Creed. These invisible executioners lurk soundlessly in the shadows, clocking their target's every move before lunging forth, restraining them with acrobatic stunts and cat-like reflexes, and going in for the kill. But again, like the shinobi, the genuine lore and long-lived legends surrounding the assassin, along with fanciful fabrications stemming from creative liberties taken by modern storytellers, have become so homogenized that the differences between historical and mythical assassins are imperceptible to most. This itself is a pity, given the provocative and riveting history of the Hashashin, the original assassins, because in their case, truth is often stranger than fiction. Known as the Order of Assassins, the Hashashin were not run-of-the-mill hitmen who simply followed the money and exterminated whichever mark was assigned to them by their employers, nor were they unfeeling, vicious butchers who merely pounced on the opportunity to quench their thirst for blood. In reality, the group that became the namesake for assassins and the term assassination consisted of a well-oiled, systematized fraternity of extremist death-dealing agents recruited by the Nizari Ismaili state.

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Battle of the Persian Gate, The: The History of the Achaemenid Persian Empire’s Last Stand against A Audiobook

Battle of the Persian Gate, The: The History of the Achaemenid Persian Empire’s Last Stand against A

Author: Charles River Editors Narrator: Daniel Houle Release Date: July 2021

Over the last 2,000 years, ambitious men have dreamed of forging vast empires and attaining eternal glory in battle, but of all the conquerors who took steps toward such dreams, none were ever as successful as antiquity’s first great conqueror. Leaders of the 20th century hoped to rival Napoleon’s accomplishments, while Napoleon aimed to emulate the accomplishments of Julius Caesar. But Caesar himself found inspiration in Alexander the Great (356-323 BCE), the Macedonian king who managed to stretch an empire from Greece to the Himalayas in Asia by the age of 30. It took less than 15 years for Alexander to conquer much of the known world. Ever since the famous Persian invasions that had been repelled by the Athenians at Marathon and then by the Spartans at Thermopylae and Plataea, Greece and Persia had been at odds. For the past few years they had enjoyed an uneasy peace, but that peace was shattered when, in 334 BCE, Alexander crossed the Hellespont into Persia. He brought with him an army of 50,000 infantry, 6,000 cavalry and a navy of over 100 ships, a mixed force of Macedonians, Greeks, Thracians and Illyrians, all chosen for their specific strengths (the Thessalians, for example, were famous cavalrymen). He was still just 22. Darius III, king of Persia at the time of Alexander’s invasion, was no tactical genius, but he was an intelligent and persistent enemy who had been handed the throne just before the arrival of the indomitable Alexander. His misfortune was to face an enemy at the forefront of military innovation and flexibility, a fighting force that he was not equipped to handle, and the unconquerable will of the Macedonian army, fueled by devotion to their daring and charismatic king. 

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Operation Trojan Horse: The true story behind the most shocking government cover-up of the last thir Audiobook

Operation Trojan Horse: The true story behind the most shocking government cover-up of the last thir

Author: Stephen Davis Narrator: Colin Mace Release Date: July 2021

On 1 August, 1990, British Airways Flight 149 departed from Heathrow airport, destined for Kuala Lumpur. It never made it there, and neither did its nearly 400 passengers. Instead, Flight 149 stopped to refuel in Kuwait, as Iraqi troops amassed on the border - delivering the passengers and crew into the hands of Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi army, to be used as 'human shields' during their invasion. Why did BA flight 149 proceed with plans to refuel in Kuwait City, even as all other flights were rerouted - and even though British and American governments had clear intelligence that Saddam was about to invade? The answer lies in an exchange of favours at the highest echelons of government, and a secret, unaccountable organization - authorised by Margaret Thatcher - carrying out a 'deniable' intelligence operation to sneak in a group of intelligence offers into Kuwait aboard the flight. The plane was the 'Trojan Horse', and the plan - as well as the horrific, traumatic consequences for the civilian passengers - has been lied about, denied and covered up by successive British Governments ever since. Soon to be a major TV drama, this explosive book is written with the full cooperation of the survivors, as well as astonishing and conclusive input from a senior intelligence source. It is a story of scandal, betrayal and misuse of intelligence at the highest levels of UK and US governments - which has had direct, horrifying impact on terror attacks in the West and the shape of the Middle East today. It is high time the truth is told.

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Across Cultures and Empires: An Immigrant's Odyssey from the Soviet Army to the US War in Iraq and A Audiobook

Across Cultures and Empires: An Immigrant's Odyssey from the Soviet Army to the US War in Iraq and A

Author: Mahir Ibrahimov Narrator: Daniel Henning Release Date: June 2021

This fast-paced narrative based upon the author's experience serving in the Soviet army as an Azeri minority; working for the Soviet Communist Party and experiencing disillusionment with communism; watching the fall of the Soviet Union; living through the abortive coup against Gorbachev; working in the newly independent Azeri government during its unfolding conflict with Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh, a conflict Moscow purposely exacerbated as it sought to regain a measure of control over its former republics; immigrating to the United States in search of freedom; working with the US Army in Iraq as an interpreter; and becoming a citizen of the United States. Across Cultures and Empires is above all an immigrant's story. Mahir Ibrahimov's fluency in multiple languages offers the perspective of someone who found a way to successfully cross boundaries amid the fall of empire and the resulting cascade of conflicts, even as he provides the listener with insight into an era where mass migration has become a defining dynamic. In the course of telling his personal story and reflecting upon his experiences, Ibrahimov offers clear observations on the deep connections he has made about freedom and America's role in the world, the different cultures he experienced, war, peace, the fight against terrorism, and the role of religion.

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Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan through Peace and War Audiobook

Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan through Peace and War

Author: Thomas De Waal Narrator: Julian Elfer Release Date: June 2021

Since its publication in 2003, the first edition of Black Garden has become the definitive study of how Armenia and Azerbaijan, two southern Soviet republics, were pulled into a conflict that helped bring them to independence, spell the end the Soviet Union, and plunge a region of great strategic importance into a decade of turmoil. This important volume is both a careful reconstruction of the history of the Nagorny Karabakh conflict since 1988 and on-the-spot reporting of the convoluted aftermath. Part contemporary history, part travel book, part political analysis, the book is based on six months traveling through the south Caucasus, more than 120 original interviews in the region, Moscow, and Washington, and unique historical primary sources, such as Politburo archives. The historical chapters trace how the conflict lay unresolved in the Soviet era; how Armenian and Azerbaijani societies unfroze it; how the Politiburo failed to cope with the crisis; how the war was fought and ended; how the international community failed to sort out the conflict. What emerges is a complex and subtle portrait of a beautiful and fascinating region, blighted by historical prejudice and conflict.

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Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Very Short Introduction Audiobook

Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Very Short Introduction

Author: Martin Bunton Narrator: Neil Shah Release Date: June 2021

The conflict between Palestine and Israel is one of the most highly publicized and bitter struggles in history. In this accessible and stimulating Very Short Introduction, Martin Bunton clearly explains the history of the problem, reducing it to its very essence-a modern territorial contest between two nations and one geographical territory. Adopting a fresh and original approach, each section covers a twenty-year span, to highlight the historical complexity of the conflict throughout successive decades. Each chapter starts with an examination of the relationships among people and events that marked particular years as historical moments in the evolution of the conflict, including the 1897 Basle Congress; the 1917 Balfour Declaration and British occupation of Palestine; and the 1947 UN Partition Plan and the war for Palestine. Providing a clear and fair exploration of the main issues, Bunton explores not only the historical basis of the conflict, but also looks at how and why partition has been so difficult and how efforts to restore peace continue today.

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Science and Technology of Ancient Civilizations Audiobook

Science and Technology of Ancient Civilizations

Author: Learn Alchemical Editors Narrator: Jamie Hoskin Release Date: June 2021

Over the past five million years, our species has spread from the plains of East Africa to every inhabitable landmass on our planet. Combinations of our technological Know-how, scientific knowledge, and complex societies have allowed humanity to shape and affect our environment more than any of our fellow species, even to the point of our peril. How did we get to this situation? What are some of our ancestors' choices as individuals, societies, and species that shaped our history to the present day? How did we develop those complex societies that let us build the first cities, nations, and empires? How much control did our ancestors have over their choices? What did they ascribe to the will of the Gods, and what was the result of human abilities? How do we in the present day, acknowledge and interact with our cultural inheritance from the ancient world? The answers to these age-old questions, of course, span some 11,000 years! The evidence looks like we had a fragmented intruder comet sometime about 10,000 BC that ended the Ice Age. This Concept is now the debate of Astronomers in the last decade only.

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The Enigma of Sumerian Gods: The Legacy of Enki and the Anunnaki Audiobook

The Enigma of Sumerian Gods: The Legacy of Enki and the Anunnaki

Author: Ryan Moorhen Narrator: Stephen Low Release Date: June 2021

The reign of Hammurabi is a convenient point at which to observe general changes in and later introductions to the pantheon of the Sumerian gods. The political alterations in the kingdom were reflected in the sacred circle. Certain gods were relegated to the cold shades of obscurity, while new deities were adopted and others, hitherto regarded as negligible quantities, were exalted to the heights of heavenly omnipotence. The worship of Merodach first came into prominence in the days of Hammurabi. But his group is so outstanding and important that it has been deemed better to deal with it in a separate and later chapter. Meanwhile, we shall examine the nature of some of the gods who sprang into importance at or about the era of the great lawmaker and note changes that took place concerning others.

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Biblical Creation and The Dragon Myth: Mesopotamian Parallels in Hebrew Tradition Audiobook

Biblical Creation and The Dragon Myth: Mesopotamian Parallels in Hebrew Tradition

Author: Ryan Moorhen Narrator: Alex Lancer Release Date: June 2021

In our discussion of the new Sumerian version of the Deluge story, we concluded it gave no support to any theory which would give people all such tales to a single origin, whether in Egypt or Mesopotamia. Despite vital astrological elements in both the Egyptian and Mesopotamian religious systems, we saw grounds for the astrological tinge of much ancient mythology as a later embellishment and not as primitive material. And so far as our recent version of the Deluge story was concerned, it resolved itself into a legend, which had a basis of historical fact in the Euphrates Valley. The same class of explanation cannot apply to narratives of the Creation of the World. For there we are dealing, not with legends, but with myths, stories only about the gods. However, where an examination of their earlier forms is possible, it would seem to show that many of these tales also, in their origin, are not to be interpreted as nature myths and that none arose as mere reflections of the solar system. In their more primitive and more superficial aspects, they seem most times to have been suggested by very human and terrestrial experience. Today we will examine the Egyptian, Sumerian, and Mesopotamian myths of Creation. After we have noted the more striking features of our new material, we will consider foreign influences upon Hebrew traditions concerning the origin and history of the world.

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