8. The Sumerians - Fall of the First Cities

In the dusts of Iraq, the ruins of the world's first civilization lie buried.
This episode, we travel into the extremely distant past to look at the Sumerians. These ancient people invented writing and mathematics, and built some of the largest cities that the world had ever seen. Find out about the mystery of their origins, and learn how they rose from humble beginnings to form the foundation of all our modern societies. With myths, proverbs and even some recreated Sumerian music, travel back to where it all began, and find out how humanity's first civilization fell.
SOURCES: www.patreon.com/posts/31032299
Sound engineering by Thomas Ntinas
Voice Actors:
Jake Barrett-Mills
Rhy Brignell
Shem Jacobs
Nick Bradley
Emily Johnson
Music by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: incompetech.com/
Title theme: Home At Last by John Bartmann. johnbartmann.com/




  • Amazing storytelling

    Jerome MorrowJerome Morrow22 minuuttia sitten
  • So the Sumerians came out of a period that was preceded by a cataclysmic event that included water? Hmmm...Sounds familiar!!!

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  • i love you, thank you so much for this.

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  • "Crushing interest rates of as high as 30 percent" This is meaningless. 30% per what period of time?

    Leandro GabrielLeandro Gabriel19 tuntia sitten
    • It would have been unlikely to be compound interest in this time. It would be simple interest based on 30% of the principal.

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  • 46:10 The smoke changes its mind and decides to go back into the chimney

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  • 35:50 There's also the fact that base 60 works well with fractions, since 60 is divisible by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 15, 20, 30 and 60. So numbers which are round in base 60 are easily divisible by these numbers.

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  • Sumeria: Birthplace of the payday loan....

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  • After watching this, you will have a much better understanding as to why we had two wars in Iraq. Gulf War 1 and 2. And they had NOTHING to do with terrorism. There's something in those Iraqi mountains and it has everything to do with off-world civilizations. Look into it.

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  • From Baghdad here✌️

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  • Well done!

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  • I absolutely LOVE this series with this episode being my favorite. Great visuals, pacing, narrative. With a few cuts to you, this is easily as impressive as an BBC history doc. Just S-Tier work. If I did little else in my life, I would consider this work worthy of a legacy.

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  • 35:35 It was the Sumerians who divided time into the minutes and seconds we still use.

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  • These are the fallen civilizations destroyed by Noahs flood

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  • Fascinating!

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  • Maybe you could do one on the Indus Valley there history goes back many thousands of years the Sanskrit language is one of the oldest. Fantastic documentary about the Sumerians better then mainstream TV. Well thought out and plotted well done

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    • @Moto Mass the oldest writing come from there. The vedas talked of advanced technology it’s been documented for 5 thousand years and what about the Olmecs and Toltec from South America. They has very advanced knowledge of astronomy. They knew about procession of the equinox

      Russ CookeRuss Cooke7 tuntia sitten
    • I was going to suggest the same thing. The Harappan civilisation of the Indus and the Sumerians share striking similarities. I could easily see I migration north.

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  • My novel Shards Of Divinities starts in city of Ur

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  • The global flood is the oldest and most widespread historical event recorded and retold in human history and the dramatic geology of the Earth bears witness to the truth of it.

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  • This continues to be one of the best archaeological series on YT. Thanks for doing it!

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  • Loved this! Will you do one on the Etruscans? 🙌

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  • I'm pretty sure that Mel Gibson movie pretty much tells the tale.

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  • great Documentary Thx !

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  • Who all hear knows to Understand our future we have to Study the past?

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  • It's hard to imagine that in this narrative, the builders of Sumerian, and Human society, were not alien to this planet.Or we haven't picked up on the trail of where the Sumerians came from,yet. Because something is missing from history. You don't go from nomadic, hobbit like dwellings,forging, fighting, animalistic, to a fully civilzed city with interest lending, art dealing,schools etc. Something's missing. peace

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  • at 25m12s .... did i just hear you say that 5,000 years of global warming SUDDENLY ended in the "great flood" ??????? credibility is a thing, dude.

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  • The thumbnail is the ziggurat in Iraq, been there a few times

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  • This was an incredibly well told story, absolutely brilliant work!

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  • First farmers in 6.500 BC? Sounds a bit like like Bishop Ussher. Gobekli Tepe is twice that old and, no, it wasn't put together casually by hunter gatherers for fun. One of the greatest contributions of the Scots was the science of modern geology, but the science is only in its infancy still, and kept in tight check by other sciences--in the someway Wegener was destroyed professionally during is lifetime for promoting the theory of continental drift, which of course we now know to be true. Clearly we do not know the real rate of recycling of the earths' surface, and clearly man has had the cerebral potential to figure out farming many millennia prior. And since the producer decided to draw the parallel, accretion theory has almost no basis in fact, especially considering the wide variety of ascensions/declensions of the elipses of the planets (not to mention Venus rotating slowly "backwards" and Uranus spinning "on its back" so to speak). An electrical theory, such as Velikovsky's (embraced by Einstein in his final days), makes far more sense. Likewise, history requires a more open mind to the concepts of time, spirituality and indeed hard science. The problem with cosmological theorists and historical theorists alike is that, due to lack of personal experience in engineering, they eschew hard science and repeatable experimentation. Unlike the Apollo scientists or the builder of your office building, there's really no cost for being completely wrong in these theoretical sciences.

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  • I took notes XD thanks for a great video! =)

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  • Garbage. “They were paid in goods because they had no money.” Next sentence “they had to borrow money”. Garbage.

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  • This is PERFECTLY narrated! ... No gooey affectation in the least! ... The sort of History Time's mourning of a F.W.Woolworth's-type demise must be such a trauma, when it doesn't know how to switch programmes!

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  • Don't know why there's 7k dislikes??? This show is great.

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  • Annnnddd.... nuclear fission began... Of course it did.. How else can stars begin... They just begin. Oh how simple. I mustn’t question the logic. I will be attacked if I don’t believe All matter appeared on the scene and became what they are without any intelligence.. purely by chance... Now here we are today, we arrived at this point in history only by chance... completely random chance. Oh and it all means nothing because our existence began by dumb luck and therefore there is no point to it. 😒 Now folks, how logical does that sound? Well, that type of thinking does not appeal to me.. because our existence and experience absolutely HAS to mean something...🤷🏻‍♂️🤔 or we are just highly evolved 🐒 that 🦜 what we are told to believe...anyways, think about it.. consider it... question it...or do you have mental blinders that restrict your spiritual vision? Or does “Hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil” describe your process?

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  • I have imagined just such an end as you described in your closing remarks. I am American and no longer wonder how great nations fell in ancient times. How terrible to watch in bitter agony, to consider the waste and consider the rise and fall. Like St. Augustine from his bitter window vantage in Hippo, watching the death throes of Rome, the world may watch as we states breath our last. Weep for the loss and consider the alternatives.

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  • Absolutely phenomenal, thank you sir, as someone who's spent countless hours studying Mesopotamia this was an excellent presentation.

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  • Minute 36 - there are 13 moon cycles per year not 12

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  • Mid 2020: Questioning and speculating what it must have been like to have lived through the fall of a civilization. Mid 2021: Recording in real-time what it's like to live through the fall of a civilization.

    Robert HoopleRobert Hoople3 päivää sitten
    • @SpurnOfHumanity I'm not sure how else to put it, but I feel like we are genuinely at the start of our own collapse. Even respected intellectuals are starting to raise the alarm. Not just warning that things are bad, but that we are in a state of systemic failure all around. I'm not new to studying the collapse of ancient civilizations, but have renewed interest in the subject, considering, and I think it's hard to miss just how many signs of collapse we can see in our systems today. But, history only goes so far. We are in unprecedented times. The insane pace our modern development, and the insane pace at which politics changes should alone tell us that our timeline of collapse will also go at an insane pace. We no longer live through the slow change of a King's lifetime, but instead through the quick 4 year changes of modern global governance... And I haven't even touched on the sheer destructive power of modern military empires (one in particular) that are acting more and more irrational by the day, and seem to literally be on the verge of losing control to a violent and destructive minority. We really are in uncharted waters right now.

      Robert HoopleRobert Hoople2 päivää sitten
    • Do explain.

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  • i love the 4patriots survival food ads! man i gotta stock up because of "everything thats going on right now"! im not sure what the guy in the ad means but it sounds like it serious!

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  • Paul, you have covered the subject incredibly well. Great work!

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  • Humanity finds itself again here. Thank you.

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  • the remains over the earth show us the giants worked stone way better than the next peoples that built with stone

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  • This is the best documentary I have ever listened to thank you

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  • What were the ziggurats for? What was in them?

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  • I Was born in the southern area of Iraq not far from ancient city UR the place is full of history in fact there’s 20,000 ancient sites in all of Iraq people should visit. Thanks for sharing this piece of beautiful work here.

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  • i had no idea.

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  • scientists working on ethnogenesis found such a connection

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  • The Sumerian civilization has a connection with the Chechens.

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  • Why in that culture there is Kings and higher standards of people where did all this became incorporated when did humans started killing each other, we have been doom from the beginning

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  • Fantastic series. Engaging, in-depth, and thought provoking.

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  • Excellent and well done!

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  • Fantastic video.

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  • They should seriously stop trying to put a timeframe upon anything. These scientists are full of nonsense.

    Dan De LionDan De Lion5 päivää sitten
  • Totally baffled by this. A way of storytelling that reawakens a deep sense of wonder, and a sort of spiritual respect for the past, the future and all of its people. Thank you!

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  • Impressive! So these giant structure was hidden to all locals and visible to that European italian man! Wow what's a twist

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  • The war banking cult began as food thieves

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  • many many thanks

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  • excellent

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  • I just wanted to let you know I appreciate your podcast and the time you put into them. I’ve learned so much over t he past year from them

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  • Wonderful thank you so much.

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  • Sounds to me like the Sumerians lived in the city of Jericho there's 2 many parallels between what this says and the Bible says ie... it says Jericho was home to some of the world's first civilizations approximately 11,000 years ago I could go on and on but thats just one example. Anyone with me on that? Please thumb me up and comment if you think I'm right or wrong im open for debate. Thanks Guys

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  • Base twelve number systems is objectively better than base ten.

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  • This is where the pope is having his meeting next week

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    • I'm sure you know this but, at 12:30, that was a meteor...or asteroid...

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  • 19:30 Rasputin?? Jk

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  • An amazing program.

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  • Hi 🙋‍♀️ Paul ! Thank you so much 😊 for this wonderful, knowledgeable content , I did enjoyed very much 👏✊💋

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  • Watching for the second time. Incredible.

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  • The whole series is excellent but this one is my favorite and I've listened to it/watched it about a dozen times. This is how a documentary should be made! Short of reading numerous books on this subject, this is the most educational documentary series I think I have come across in many years. I look forward to more from Paul Cooper and his cast of voice actors. I'm going to hit the donate button now and you should too if you enjoyed it.

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