LA211_11_Mesopotamia_Lecture_Notes

LA211_11_Mesopotamia_Lecture_Notes - Cal Poly State...

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1 Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo College of Architecture and Environmental Design Landscape Architecture Department LA 211 Winter Quarter 2011 Astrid F. Reeves Mesopotamian civilization (c. 7,500 - 330 BC) The word 'Mesopotamia' is in origin a Greek name (mesos `middle' and 'potamos' - 'river' so `land between the rivers' ). The name is used for the area watered by the Euphrates and Tigris and its tributaries, roughly comprising modern Iraq and part of Syria . The history of the land and its people dates back more than to 7,000 BC. - The cradle of civilization , it is said, hosted the legendary Garden of Eden Mesopotamia has no natural boundaries and is difficult to defend . The influence of neighboring countries is large. Throughout the history of Mesopotamia trade contacts, slow diffusion of foreign tribes and military confrontations has been of great influence. Sumerians
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