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Denielle Barcelona ANTHRO 102A December 10, 2010 Mesopotamia - Could This Civilization Be Responsible For Modern Culture? In his article, “Mesopotamia - Could This Civilization Be Responsible For Modern Culture?” author Don Alexander talks about how Mesopotamia was the first civilization to influence western culture in terms of art. However, he says that “we cannot talk of Mesopotamian art without discussing their location, way of life, and religious traditions.” He first talks about how cuneiform, their way of writing, was a result of the way famers developed irrigation methods that led to increased crop growth and harvest. With excess crops, the Mesopotamians needed a form of record-keeping, and thus cuneiform was developed. The record-keepers were scribes, and apparently, it was common then to make sculptures as a tribute to them. Also, because the Mesopotamians had control over the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, they were able to establish city-states. Each city-state had protective walls and a
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2011 for the course ANTHRO 102A taught by Professor Jamestruncer during the Fall '10 term at Stanford.

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