bronze age

  1. GauchoBadger

    WI: No Hammurabi

    What if the Babylonian King Hammurabi (1810-1750 BCE) had never risen to prominence as a regional warlord in Mesopotamia? I can see some immediate consequences being the survival, however short or long, of the small empires of Larsa and Mari, alongside a stronger hegemony for Elam and perhaps an...
  2. The Legacy of the Mitanni

    Hello everyone of alternatehistory. I've been a big fan of this site for years, though I've mainly ghosted through it without ever doing much until recently. Its left a huge impact on how I look at history as well as fiction and I can't thank the people on this site enough for the good work they...
  3. A Horn of Bronze--The Shaping of Fusania and Beyond
    Threadmarks: Prologue

    -Prologue- Eishou-ji (永勝寺), Ishikari Province, 1498 Is this where he lives, Jikken (実顕) thought to himself. The finest and most learned of the Soui [1] is here. Jikken strode the wooden corridors of the temple of Eishouji, glancing eagerly for a sight of him. He had to remind himself he was a...
  4. GauchoBadger

    WI: The Sea Peoples conquer Lower Egypt?

    I know proper historical information on the Sea Peoples, except for Egyptian accounts, is hard to come about, but basically... what if, during the Bronze Age Collapse in the 12th century BCE, the coalition of possibly Italian mediterranean tribes known as the Sea Peoples ends up conquering Lower...
  5. Tyrannosaurus

    Egyptians colonizing Greece during the Middle Kingdom

    Link to map This month I've been working on a novel set in an alternate timeline wherein the ancient Egyptians colonized the coast of Greece circa 1900 BC, during their Middle Kingdom. The inspiration for this premise comes from certain legends the Greeks had about Egyptians settling on their...
  6. Was there a lot of slavery in ancient past? Why? Is it plausible for a state to disdain slavery?

    So I've been reading up on the bronze age, and Conan. And.... wow. There are a lot of slaves. Lots of slavery. But why? Is it because of the lack of machines, meaning everything is done via muscle power, meaning that humans are valuable? Is the lack of tech means that you have to...
  7. The Book of the Holy Mountain - An Alternate Seminar in Alternate Pre- and Ancient History

    Hello everyone, here is my third timeline. It is going to be much more limited in content (the framework is a History Class at an alternate institution of higher education which discusses one single source), and at the same time much more insanely divergent from anything we know than any of my...
  8. CatalanKing

    The Eternal City

    This is a TL me and @Kaiser_Jaeger will be working on in our free time. The basic premise is this: Damascus is perhaps the oldest city in history, yet there has never been a time when Damascus was a kingdom or empire. What if there was? Nabateans are perhaps the best choice for this and thus...
  9. Count of Crisco

    Questions regarding Bronze age Collapse

    Recently I have been reading and watching up on the early history of humanity. Thus far I have reached the Bronze age collapse and while what I have read so far I find fascinating I would like to expand my knowledge on the nations and peoples surrounding the major kingdoms. Specifically I am...
  10. GauchoBadger

    WI: No Sea People invasions

    Some could call this an ASB scenario, but i don't know if it qualifies as one. What if the mysterious ancient sea peoples had never existed, or chose to stay in their equally mysterious turf instead of invading the eastern mediterranean like OTL? So, what are the effects of an avoided or...
  11. Bronze Age Collapse:What if Egypt and The Hittites Switch Places?

    What I mean by the title is what if Egypt remained fragmented and cannibalized by its neighbors to the point it where a Pharaoh can never rise again. I suppose this would me more a political death as I'm certain the culture would survive in some hybridized form. On the other hand what if the...
  12. Petike

    If Native Americans had Bronze Age or Iron Age weaponry, what would it look like ?

    There have been plenty of discussions and even timelines on AH.com (and elsewhere in the online AH community) about Native Americans developing a more active use of bronze metalworking, for tool and weapon use alike. In OTL, only the Incas in South America eventually developed more of a...
  13. Surprisingly advanced or bizarre tactics from the Ancient Era?

    Some ancient empires had very advanced tactics (political, military, economic, etc.), almost to the point of seeming anachronistically ahead of their time. There were also just some plain bizarre tactics that were common in the ancient world. What do you think are interesting examples of these...
  14. Petike

    Metallurgy POD: How far, how advanced could European and African bronze-making get ?

    It is often said that African prehistory and antiquity, with the exception of Egypt, "went straight from the Neolithic to the Iron Age". I'm not an expert in this field (something I regret), and newer finds and research might invalidate this long-held claim, but I nevertheless have interest in...
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