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Unformatted text preview: The Sumerians learned to irrigate the fertile river basin and are also credited with inventing the wheel in the West, and a kind of writing known as cuneiform Sumerian Alabaster Vase: In this relief notice a priest offers a basket filled with fruit to the fertility goddess, Inanna Stele of Hammurabi: He is portrayed here standing directly in front of the sun god Shamash. Hammurabi, a brilliant ruler, derives two primary benefits from this image. It provides divine sanction for his authority and also presents him as the one who can stand before the gods on behalf of his people With the growth of Mesopotamian citities came specialization and social stratification...
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course ART 100 taught by Professor Dr.muse during the Spring '08 term at Mt. Vernon Nazarene.
- Spring '08