(should be available through your favourite podcast app).
This King of Kings series is about the Achaemenid Persian Empire but it does go into details about the Assryian Empire and Ashurbanipal.
What I'll try to do next is create an Alexa skill. Languages are important
From Wikipedia it seems Aramean refers to the people, their language was Aramaic.
The real contention is that the same group of modern people today can't decide what their ancestry is: Assyrian or Aramean. They fight about it a lot.
But apparently the question of whether there is some relation is quite a culturally sensitive one.
A closer analogy would've been "Arabic to Egyptian", or "Macedonian-Slavic to Ancient Macedonian", as in it's the same language family, but a very different language. In other words, Aramaic did not evolve from Akkadian, it replaced it.
How are you going to deal with pronunciation in the Alexa skill?
But I know they support playing recordings, so that's a great place to start.
A recording is a better idea. Even meticulous IPA isn't going to be a good guide to the pronunciation of any language. Consonants are straightforward, but vowels are points in a continuous multidimensional space and all IPA characters for them are, by necessity, only rough approximations.
To get good pronunciation of IPA from a computer, you'd need the computer to already know (1) what language it's supposed to be pronouncing in, and (2) how it should interpret IPA vowels for that language.
(Horrible translation, but the best I could do now.)
There were significant contacts with India going back thousands of years, apparently.
Here's one interesting read on how the myths evolved
Yes, except that they call them ahura, IIR(ead)C.
Similarly, that sacred / intoxicating drink of the Vedas, called soma, was called haoma in Persia, I've read.
Ashurbanipal is the rendering of the king's name from the Hebrew Bible; in the Akkadian it would be more like Aššur‑bāni‑apli, which translates to 'Ashur is the creator of an heir.'
Akkadian names were like full sentences, and make sense when thought of as the joyous exclamations of a parent upon grasping their newborn baby.
However I am not sure there would have been any linguistic connection between the regions’ tongues, but who knows?
But I am not an expert so this is simply my surmise. There’s plenty of tantalizing evidence against my guess!
But from a more conventional perspective, the epic of Gilgamesh is much, much, much older than the Rigveda.
I should check out the Rigveda.
Older episodes of Dan Carlin’s hardcore history podcast that cover this period have put the whole ancient near east into context. highly recommend.
Also how is “The Epic of Gilgamesh”, the world’s oldest epic? We have far older epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata etc.
But even Wikipedia estimates that Gilgamesh himself lived between 2500 BC and 2000 BC. The authentic date of an existing record of the Gilgamesh epic is only from 700 BC. The Mahabharata on the other hand, is from at least 5000 BC. The Ramayana is even older, from 7000 BC.
When modern human species evolved approximately 200,000 years ago, it should not be so far fetched to imagine that advanced civilizations existed 10,000 years ago?
A google search provides many good resources & links that I will just fill up my comment to provide. These resources have documented many many proofs, events more than 3000 years ago cannot be treated the same as events 500 or even 1000 years ago, because the archeological remains would not survive that long unfortunately. Please try this: https://www.google.com/search?q=dating+the+ramayana
I think the research done by PN Oak & Dr. Koenraad Elst would be most pertinent. I am assuming that you are not limited or prejudiced by the timelines provided in the bible or something else.