Humanistic Traditions Notes September 9

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Humanistic Traditions Notes September 9 Ancient Mesopotamia – spread from Turkey through Iraq and Iran Time – 10,000 years BCE (before current era) Mesopotamia is the earliest evidence of urban civilization and fertile, river place Now known as the Middle East, includes Israel, Palestine, Syria, Arabia, Iraq, Iran (formerly Persia) Tectonic plates and seismic activity = violent change Unstable planet: weather and seismic phenomenon Psychological effects Disruptive effects Mesopotamian region today: still unstable, earthquakes. Physical environment impacts elements of
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Unformatted text preview: cultural context The geological instability and psychology leads to pessimism and state of constant fear Association of earth with female Water, mountains, and caves Fertility of land and people Goddess and crops Mesopotamia cultural products – writing (Cuneiform), the Epic of Gilgamesh Economic: agriculture and trade of surplus goods Specialization – mass production Early writing – pictographs, cuneiform...
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