Empire of Ancient Mesopotamia

Overview

Mesopotamia, the land between the Tigris and the Euphrates Rivers, was the site of the world's first stable civilizations, which included Sumer, Babylonia, and Assyria. As people along the Fertile Crescent learned to farm, build irrigation systems, and construct levees against flooding rivers, they gained some control over the natural world around them. This security provided the time needed to develop governments, religion, and legendary heroes, such as Gilgamesh. As various city-states sprang up along the ...

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Overview

Mesopotamia, the land between the Tigris and the Euphrates Rivers, was the site of the world's first stable civilizations, which included Sumer, Babylonia, and Assyria. As people along the Fertile Crescent learned to farm, build irrigation systems, and construct levees against flooding rivers, they gained some control over the natural world around them. This security provided the time needed to develop governments, religion, and legendary heroes, such as Gilgamesh. As various city-states sprang up along the rivers, the first trade routes developed among them. Cuneiform, the first writing system, eventually spread throughout western Asia and beyond. From a legal system to a school system, the groundwork for modern societies was laid by these ancient inhabitants of modern-day Iraq. Empires of Ancient Mesopotamia details the development of this area, the growth of its city-states, the daily life of its peoples, and how the empire's influence is still felt today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604131574
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Series: Great Empires of the Past Series
  • Pages: 152
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Part I History

Chapter 1 From Farm to City 17

Chapter 2 From Sargon to Hammurabi 31

Chapter 3 The Final Years of Power 45

Part II Society and Culture

Chapter 4 Sumerian Culture 67

Chapter 5 Babylonian Culture 85

Chapter 6 Assyrian Culture 111

Epilogue 125

Time Line 133

Glossary 135

Bibliography 137

Further Resources 140

Picture Credits 143

Index 144

About the Author 152

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