The Assyrians - Empire of Iron


Fall of Civilizations Episode 13

In the lowlands of Northern Iraq, a series of enormous cities lie crumbling in ruins...

In this episode, find out about one of the most remarkable ancient civilizations: the society known today as the neo-Assyrian Empire. Discover how the Assyrians built their empire out of the ashes of the Bronze Age, and built an empire of iron that lasted for centuries. Explore the extraordinary flourishing of art and technology that they fostered. And finally, discover what happened to cause their final, devastating collapse.


Sound engineering by Alexey Sibikin

Hebrew - Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe
Ancient Greek - Pavlos Kapralos

Historical consultant - Dr. Ellie Bennett, University of Helsinki

Voice actors:

Mustafa Raee
Peter Walters
Lachlan Lucas
Carson Wishart
Nick Denton
Rhy Brignell
Annie Kelly
Lou Millington
Jake Barrett-Mills

- Colourisations of Assyrian carvings by Jeramy Smith:

- 3D reconstructions of Assyrian cities by Kais Jacob Ishak.

- Photography of antiquities by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP(Glasg), CC-BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons and World History Encyclopedia.

- Drone photography of Mosul and Ashur
by Mohaymn Al Wasmi:

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