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Ancient Civilizations

Ancient Civilizations - Before we begin Political Who...

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Before we begin!!!!! Political : Who controls what? What type of government is there? Anything to do with laws or war. Economic : What type of economy? How do people make a living? Geography : Where is it? Is the land mountainous? Desert? Oceanic? Social : Religious, intellectual, artistic
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Ancient River Valley Civs
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ANCIENT MESOPOTAMIA Oldest known civilization Cradle of Human Civilization Old Testament Nebuchadnezzar Ziggurat (right) Hanging gardens
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Geography This civ rose in the valleys between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Some say this Fertile Crescent was the real Garden of Eden.
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In what modern day country was the Fertile Crescent?
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Ur, the capital city of Mesopotamia
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Political:What was the earliest kingdom in Mesopotamia? The second?
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Social This is cuneiform. Babylonians wrote using this “wedge- shaped” writing on clay tablets. The Sumerians invented writing.
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More cuneiform writing
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More ziggurats
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Hanging gardens of Babylonia
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The ancient city of Babylon, under King Nebuchadnezzar II, must have been a wonder to the traveler's eyes. "In addition to its size," wrote Herodotus , a historian in 450 BC, "Babylon surpasses in splendor any city in the known world." Herodotus claimed the outer walls were 56 miles in length, 80 feet thick and 320 feet high. Wide enough, he said, to allow a four-horse chariot to turn. The inner walls were "not so thick as the first, but hardly less strong." Inside the walls were fortresses and temples containing immense statues of solid gold. Rising above the city was the famous Tower of Babel , a temple to the god Marduk, that seemed to reach to the heavens
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Another painting of the hanging gardens with Tower of Babel in back
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Economic: trade and farming Sumerians (Mesopotamians) were known to trade with the Egyptians and the Indus Valley civilizations. In later years, these trade routes became Silk Road .
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Sumerians invented the wheel! The wheel was invented by 6000 BC! It helped military, farming and trade. At right, this is made of wood.
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Political:Mesopotamian Law Code of Hammurabi “eye for an eye tooth for a tooth”
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That concludes Mesopotamia. Any questions before the quiz?
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Mesopotamia Quiz Political:What law system did Sumerians use? Hint: It can be summed: eye for eye; tooth for tooth . Economic: How did Mesopotamians earn a living? Geography:Between what 2 rivers did the Fertile Crescent appear?
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