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Mesopotamia The Seeds of Creativity
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Mesopotamia  Babylon PALESTINE Jerusalem The Fertile Crescent NASA Satellite View 2006  Fertile  Crescent
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Mesopotamia Civilizations  Non-Semetic, ziggurats Law Code, chariots Iron Trade Religion Walls, ruthless Empire, riches Sumerians Akkadians/Babylonians Hittites Phoenicians Israelites Assyrians Babylonians/Medes/Persians
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Babylonians Chariot expertise
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Assyrians Gates and walls  indicated strong  military presence.
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Cuneiform Commemorates the  victory of the  Persians, under  Cyrus, over the  Medes/Babylonians. Cyrus the Great Cylinder
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Religion The Critical Element of Mesopotamian Life Gods for natural phenomena • Rain, wind, fertility, light • Seeking favors from these gods
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Religion and Myth What is the difference between myth and religion? Religion sometimes  uses stories that teach  principles but are not,  necessarily, to be taken  as true,  (but might be an  actual event)  such as a  parable. is to be believed as a matter  of faith. is not to be taken as true. Myth   teaches a principle but . . . Religion  teaches a principle but . . .
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Religion An Astral religion Gave birth to  the Zodiac. Logical extension of the  basic gods because our  lives are largely  governed by heavenly  events.
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Religion Gods associated with  particular cities or regions • Protection for the cities. Marduk (Babylon) Baal (Phoenecia) Linked to the king • The Hebrew word  bayit   means both temple and  dynasty. Baal Marduk
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Religion Ziggurat = Temple and Civil combined  Tower of Babel?
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Religion Purposes of a temple A place to meet or honor  the god Early temples were    mountains A place to perform  ordinances
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This note was uploaded on 03/20/2012 for the course MFG 201 taught by Professor Terry,r during the Fall '08 term at BYU.

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