Day 3 - Sumer

Day 3 - Sumer - 1 2 MESOPOTAMIA/SUMER Mesopotamia - Tigris...

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1 1 MESOPOTAMIA/SUMER 2 modern Iraq, Turkey, Syria & Iran). north Akkad; south Sumer, plus Babylonia and Assyria 3 Sumer - southern Mesopotamia about 4000 BC 4 Agriculture – grain (barley), vegetables, date palms “tree of life,” as many uses as days of year use wood, leaves, dates, seeds, pits) 5 Specialized tools - wooden plow, maybe flint cutting edge. Straighter rows; seed tubes. Oxen to plow. • Cylinder seal showing plowing 6 textiles. Crop surplus vital - trade, specialization of labor 7 Epic of Gilgamesh: The rampant flood which no man can oppose, Which shakes the heavens and causes earth to tremble, In an appalling blanket folds mother and child, Beats down the canebrake's full luxuriant greenery, And drowns the harvest in its time of ripeness. Rising waters, grievous to eyes of man, All-powerful flood, which forces the embankments And mows down mighty trees, Frenzied storm, tearing all things in massed confusion
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2 With it in hurling speed. 8 “irrigation civilization” 200 miles long, 400 feet wide. Survey routes, measure proper slope. 9
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course HIST 284 taught by Professor Bix during the Winter '07 term at Iowa State.

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