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Amy Johnston Survey of World History C375 December 9, 2018 Comparison Essay I have chosen to compare/contrast the social and cultural characteristics of the early civilizations of Mesopotamia and China. The Mesopotamia civilization existed from 5000-1000 BCE and ancient China existed from 7000-221 BCE. (Acrobatiq, 2017) During the Mesopotamia civilization, there were several different periods/empires that existed. The Sumerians of Mesopotamia were the first society to exhibit the qualities that make a civilization a civilization. Sumer of Mesopotamia is where the beginnings of urban society happened. Like Mesopotamia empires, China also had several periods which different dynasties existed. Both Mesopotamia and China cultures thrived because of location, specifically water sources. The Akkadians of Mesopotamia took the best of the Sumerian culture and infused it with theirs, creating rich cultural traditions. Like the Sumerians of Mesopotamia, the ancient Chinese had rich cultural traditions. Both civilizations, Mesopotamia and China, were polytheistic. Temples to worship the gods were common in both civilizations, such as the ziggurats of Mesopotamia. (Acrobatiq, 2017) Another similarity is they both had a writing system. Mesopotamia had the

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