Lesson 2

Lesson 2 - Ryan Richert Western Civilization History 1001...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ryan Richert Western Civilization History 1001 Lesson 2 Lesson 2: Mesopotamian Civilization 1. Sumerian society was divided into four social classes each with distinct characteristics and freedoms. The top class was the nobles. The nobles were composed of the king, the chief priests, and the palace officials. The king was one who usually had risen to power due to military successes. The religious leaders had a kind of parallel power. The religious leaders were important because the Mesopotamians were very concerned with pleasing the gods. Clients had a mutual contract with the nobles. The clients would work the nobles land in exchange for small portions of land for their own use. Clients were not landowners; the land they were given was ultimately property of the nobles. Commoners on the other hand, did not have responsibilities to the nobles. They generally came from large families who had made a name for themselves. They owned the land that they worked and no one could take it from them without consent. At the bottom of the ladder were slaves. Slaves were often prisoners of war, foreigners, criminals serving a punishment, or persons who owed a debt they could not monetarily repay to the lender. The maximum length a person owing a debt could be enslaved was three years. This division of society was much a parallel of their religious beliefs.
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course HIST 2055 taught by Professor Sheehan during the Spring '08 term at LSU.

Page1 / 2

Lesson 2 - Ryan Richert Western Civilization History 1001...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online