THE NILE AND THE INDUS VALLEYS

THE NILE AND THE INDUS VALLEYS - THE NILE AND THE INDUS...

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THE NILE AND THE INDUS VALLEYS 7000 - 750 BCE General historical questions: independent development or inspired by the Mesopotamian example? EGYPT CONNECTED WITH THE NILE RIVER & ITS PREDICTABLE LATE SUMMER FLOODS NATURAL DEFENSES (LIBYAN or WESTERN and ARABIAN DESERTS), SINAI, MEDITERRANEAN SEA, and NILE CATARACTS UNPARALLELED CONTINUITY OF POLITICS AND CULTURE (2600 YEARS) EARLY PERIOD A SITE OF NEOLITHIC REVOLUTION (BARLEY, WHEAT AND OTHER CEREAL CULTIVATION) BY 3500 BCE EXTENSIVE VILLAGE SETTLEMENT ALONG NILE (NAGADA CULTURE) 3300 BCE - FIRST APPEARANCE OF WALLED TOWNS (NAGADA, HIERAKONOPOLIS) INVENTION OF HIEROGLYPHICS (SACRED CARVINGS) HISTORICAL RECORD IS RICH: LIST OF KINGS, RECORDS OF ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICTS (NOMES), MEDICAL, ASTRONOMICAL, RELIGIOUS, COMMERCIAL, AND LITERARY TEXTS WHO WERE THE EGYPTIANS ? THIS IS A MATTER OF CONTROVERSY BECAUSE OF THE WAY THEY HAD BEEN DEPICTED, AS "TAN" BUT SOMEHOW "EUROPEAN-LOOKING", IN POPULAR IMAGERY IN THE WEST. WESTERN CIV. COURSES TRADITIONALLY BEGAN WITH EGYPT AND MESOPOTAMIA, AND THEN FOLLOWED THE "HIGH
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course TRAD 102 taught by Professor Weiner during the Winter '08 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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