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The Cradles of Civilization

Early Civilization and The History of Writing

Dr. David Neiman tracks the rise of civilization from the Agricultural Revolution to the Ceramic Age, and then the Bronze. He traces the origin of writing and its development into hieroglyphics and then into the alphabet.


Dr. Neiman explores the legendary reign of Hammurabi of Babylon, the tumultuous history of ancient Egypt and gives a dramatic retelling of the earliest known piece of literature, The Epic of Gilgamesh.


  • Lecture 1: Early Civilization and The History of Writing

  • Lecture 2: Hammurabi of Babylon

  • Lecture 3: The Epic of Gilgamesh

  • Lecture 4: History of Egypt Part 1

  • Lecture 5: History of Egypt Part 2

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The Epic of Gilgamesh - Dr. David Neiman
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