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8. The Sumerians – Fall of the First Cities

August 3, 2021 By


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.



Sound engineering by Thomas Ntinas

Voice Actors:

Jake Barrett-Mills
Rhy Brignell
Shem Jacobs
Nick Bradley
Emily Johnson

Photography of Sumerian artefacts by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP(Glasg), CC-BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Music by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license ( Artist:

Title theme: Home At Last by John Bartmann.


49 Comments on "8. The Sumerians – Fall of the First Cities"

  1. Holly Stone
    August 3, 2021

    Play this on at least 1.25 FF setting

  2. Jeff Foster
    August 3, 2021

    Sorry I don't mean it's unbelievable we still using their systems as why wouldn't we they work it's just unbelievable that they came from the Sumerians so long ago...

  3. Jeff Foster
    August 3, 2021

    Can't be the earliest city if jericho is 9000 BC before writing and pottery even. Unless he talking about a City of the size and stature of this Sumerian .. unbelievable we still using their system of minutes hours, days etc and 360 degrees amongst others..

  4. Jeff Foster
    August 3, 2021

    Can't wait to watch this, everything this channel does is amazing

  5. James Williams
    August 3, 2021

    Half man. Half bear. Half fish. Manbearfish

  6. bruxinha84
    August 3, 2021

    Why the dislikes? This video is great

  7. hdjfgt
    August 3, 2021

    Great video!

  8. M R
    August 3, 2021

    Dude, DONT STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Best produced documentary Iโ€™ve ever seen!!!!!!!! Looking forward to seeing more of your talented and brilliant documentaries!!!!!!

  9. Joshua Pardy
    August 3, 2021


  10. Dale Cooper
    August 3, 2021

    Well done, well done!

  11. Nike Panasonic
    August 3, 2021


  12. kurdish girl
    August 3, 2021

    Taurus mountains land of kurds

  13. Zeta
    August 3, 2021

    Does anyone know the song that is used during the ending, when the lady is reading those lines from the Epic?

  14. Sean Oliver
    August 3, 2021

    I love this podcast , it's incredible , have listened to it over and over again , never get tired of listening to this tale

  15. Peeman Jones
    August 3, 2021

    The cradle

  16. Asher Swing
    August 3, 2021

    so well done, thank you

  17. Hrvoje Herceg
    August 3, 2021

    While watching this I felt like I was there, living in ancient times, dawn of civilization. I imagined myself walking on the streets of ancient cities baked in sunlight, vibrant and colorful, seeing huge brick walls that became a legend and hearing the stories of ordinary people talking about even older times...

  18. Troy Kanotz
    August 3, 2021

    Can you do an episode on the Huns? On their expansion, apex, then fall and disappearance as a people?

  19. All the Sage
    August 3, 2021

    35:50 Reason for using base 60 instead of base 10, and why we still divide time by 60 โ€ฆ fascinating.

  20. All the Sage
    August 3, 2021

    20:18 ๐Ÿคฅ ๐Ÿ˜ฒ ๐Ÿ˜ตโ€๐Ÿ’ซ
    (No disrespect intended โ€ฆ that early artist produced a result much better than I could have done, but that is still a startling image.)

  21. sprock
    August 3, 2021

    I need to stop watching youtube when i go to sleep. I just woke up from a nightmare after this cycled in on autoplay. Someone kept attributing a bunch of historical events to 'Sargon of Akkad', the youtube political commentator (Karl Benjamin), in this nightmare. I was like "no no this can't possibly be right" and it felt like it was going on for hours and hours.

  22. F Suma
    August 3, 2021

    U deserve it bro ๐Ÿ‘

  23. Jean-claude Harris
    August 3, 2021

    Spell-binding. The first one weโ€™ve watched in this series. Canโ€™t wait to watch the rest.

  24. Greetings from Iraq, we love you ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ถโค๏ธ

  25. BROTHA Jeff
    August 3, 2021

    interesting.... The Sumerian culture is very similar to that of the Egyptians and the Mayans...

    August 3, 2021

    How r you supposed to say anything when your breath was taken away. Your videos are the finest sir. I keep coming back here to 2hrs 23 mins to listen to the hypnotising voice and tale.

  27. Dave Beecher
    August 3, 2021

    Thanks for the story

  28. Ian John Gonzales
    August 3, 2021

    Very beautiful city.

  29. requiett
    August 3, 2021

    Every single episode of this series is a work of art. Sumerian culture has long been a favorite of mine and this has been an absolute masterclass in content, context, and perspective. I deeply appreciate what this channel is doing and thank you for it.

  30. requiett
    August 3, 2021


  31. Turd Burglar
    August 3, 2021

    The quack government actually kneel because harbor typically warm given a festive mexican. annoying, wealthy plow

  32. Sitara
    August 3, 2021

    When it was mentioned that words for more advanced things came from Sumerian, I was reminded of how many languages use English words for things like computers or occasionally German for scientific phrases. Some things never really change. Fantastic work.

  33. Ali Kareem
    August 3, 2021

    Ur-Dak ...... that what was , is and will be

  34. The Great Pestilence
    August 3, 2021

    The comparison between clay tablets and smartphones (coupled with the clip of writing in clay AND my stylus phone lying beside me) immediately made me think of the famous cut from '2001: A Space Odyssey' with the bone and the spaceship :D I feel silly, but it fits so well!

  35. Russell Hoban
    August 3, 2021

    What an amazing series, so well researched and beautifully shot. A rare find.

  36. Phyllis Petras
    August 3, 2021

    First listened to this subject on Coast To Coast AM! Art Bell had everybody on it!!

  37. Phyllis Petras
    August 3, 2021

    Floods, extreme heat etc etc. Today!!!

  38. Yianni075
    August 3, 2021

    A very informative documentary. Not like the garbage from national geographic and other low quality american documentaries. Great work!

  39. Andrew Condon
    August 3, 2021

    amazing. will defs rewatch

  40. GuitarGunner
    August 3, 2021

    These videos really take me back....

  41. Matthew Shaba
    August 3, 2021

    I am a Summerian my Ancestors were great worries and because of them we still exist today with same language

  42. Hendra Li
    August 3, 2021


  43. The Cyp
    August 3, 2021

    We have credit card interest rates that high today.

  44. atom nook
    August 3, 2021

    ๐Ÿ”ฅ ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

  45. TRD185
    August 3, 2021

    Great documentary!

  46. Sir Plop
    August 3, 2021

    This video is too lomg O just want a Sumery lol

  47. mateo & amaru
    August 3, 2021

    Great!!!! Question: Is there genetic evidence related to the origins of summerian people?

  48. DingbatToast
    August 3, 2021

    this is outstanding!
    there was an amazing engrossing movie playing in my head throughout

    possibly one of the greatest stories ever told

  49. John J
    August 3, 2021

    I wonder if the decendents of the Summerians ever got reperations? It's a silly statement yes..but it is relevant to today's Idiocracy...

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