Carthage, Egypt, Kush…these are just a few of the kingdoms and ancient empires of Africa that begin the story of Africa’s history. In this opening episode in our History of Africa podcast series that is where we begin.
Ancient Empires of Africa
JB Shreve looks at the turns of civilization’s history and the moments when the story of recorded human civilization turned westward and northward. If events had turned only a little differently, we might all take classes on North African Civilization rather than Western Civilization when we enter college today.
The history of ancient Africa is the history of human civilization’s origins. Its records are best preserved when these ancient civilizations brushed against European and Middle Eastern civilizations but that does not mean this is a European of Middle Eastern story. When Hammurabi was just beginning to formulate his legal code in Mesopotamia, Egypt already had a history including sores of dynasties in its past.
Hannibal, Alexander the Great, Ptolemy, Julius Caesar…these figures and more make appearances in this first episode.
We hope you enjoy this introduction to our History of Africa podcast series and the Ancient Empires of Africa discussion. Be sure to subscribe on Spotify or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Watch for the next episode in the series coming soon!
This is a two-parter. Part two will release next week.
This episode on the ancient empires of Africa is available for a limited time to the public and then will be available exclusively to our Patreon Insiders here.
Interested in reading more about some of the topics covered in this podcast episode?
- Queen Dido – Caught Between History and Myth
- The Great Harbor of Carthage
- The Punic Wars
- The Price of Greed – Hannibal’s Betrayal By Carthage
- How and Where Did Hannibal Cross the Alps
- The Iron Age of Meroe
- Who Were the Sea People
- What Happened to the Great Library of Alexandria?
Follow our entire series on the History of Africa here.