[Edit: This just in! The Mittani doesn’t share my esoteric view of history. Who knew?]
Eve character names run the gamut. Mine is an old nickname bestowed upon me by a roommate. I use it in all my MMOs. Others are infantile plays on various vulgarities. Some are role-play oriented. Some are function oriented. Most are boring, like mine.
Then there are the names that make me smirk. One such name is Helicity Boson. That name is creative and works – in non-obvious ways. A boson is a sub-atomic particle. The helicity of a boson is “the projection of a spin vector in the direction of its momentum vector.” Now, if THAT doesn’t describe Helicity Boson nothing does!
Another name that has intrigued me from the first time I read it was The Mittani. You see, I’m an avid reader of ancient history and I know from wince that name comes. Let me fill you in if you don’t mind. It will make my coming observation more sensible.
The Mitanni were an indo-aryan horse breeding people who lived 3500 years ago in what is now Syria, Iraq and Turkey. This era was the dawn of civilizations and the Middle East was the locus of many. We all know about the Egyptians and the Babylonians (I hope.) Some few less know about the Hittites. Very few if any of you know of The Mitanni… also known as The Mittani. (I was NOT spelling it wrong. *STO*.)
The Mitanni ruled the Hurrians, a non-related group of people who have been absorbed into the Semitic Middle Eastern populations of today. The Mitanni were not Hurrians themselves. They were a foreign elite who imposed their will on the older and more established Hurrian cities of the region. Back in those days, horses were power and those that knew how to raise them ruled empires.
This is how The Mitanni came to prominence. With horse-drawn chariot armies to rival those of Egypt and the Hittite empire, they took the stage and carved out an empire for themselves. Like the Hittites, another indo-aryan people, (and unlike the ancient Egyptians and Babylonians who were Semitic) they were not monument builders. From what we know from the writings of those empires that bounded them, The Mitanni were a feudal people, distrustful of those who would “own” land (selling land was not allowed by Mitanni law) or seek to exist outside their feudal grasp.
“So why the ancient History lesson Mabrick?” you ask.
“Because you didn’t know any of this,” is my reply. You need to know this so the irony of what I say next isn’t lost on you.
The Mitanni is known as the forgotten empire. Our historians know volumes about the ancient Egyptians, the Babylonians and the Hittites. We know precious little – next to nothing by comparison – of The Mitanni. They left no written records of note. The only stories we have of them are told by their adversaries the ancient Egyptians and the Hittites. In the 500 years they existed, only one letter, written by one of the last Mitanni kings, survives to this day – and that only because it was sent to the ancient Egyptians who preserved it. Their armies were defeated. Their king was assassinated. Their cities and estates fell to dust. Until recently even their name was forgotten. They left no lasting impact on the people they ruled or those they fought.
History has a way of repeating itself. Eve is real. Enjoy the ironic implications of that for awhile.