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Mesopotamia Civilization

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Mesopotamia Civilization

  1. 1. Mesopotamian Civilization Civilization begins between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers
  2. 2. <ul><li>Where did the first civilizations of the world appear? What are some characteristics that make a civilization? </li></ul>Warm Up Question
  3. 3. I. The First Civilizations <ul><li>A. Arose in River Valleys. </li></ul><ul><li>B. Why? </li></ul><ul><li>C. Our first Civilizations begin between the Tigris and the Euphrates Rivers in modern day Iraq. </li></ul><ul><li>D. What is a civilization ?????? </li></ul>
  4. 5. II. Ancient Sumer <ul><li>A. Around 3000 BCE city states emerge in Sumer. </li></ul><ul><li>B. located in the eastern part of the fertile crescent. </li></ul><ul><li>C. Each city state functioned as its own civilization </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Had own government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Battled with other city states for territory. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 6. The ancient city states of Sumer would have looked similar to this image above. Look on page 18 of your book to see another view of a city state.
  6. 7. III. Advancements in Farming <ul><li>A. Most Farming done in Ancient Mesopotamia was done between two rivers. </li></ul><ul><li>B. Flooding was common! </li></ul><ul><li>C. Farmers learned to adapt to their environment. </li></ul><ul><li>D. Irrigation – manmade waterways to bring water to their crops. </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Read the following handout as a group, highlight important ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>Respond to the following questions. </li></ul><ul><li>1. What is religion? </li></ul><ul><li>2. Why is it important to study religion? </li></ul>Understanding Religion
  8. 9. IV. Gods & Rulers <ul><li>A. The Sumerians believed in many gods. </li></ul><ul><li>B. Polytheism – the belief in many gods. </li></ul><ul><li>C. Believed their cities were property of the gods. </li></ul><ul><li>D. Each city state had a ziggurat dedicated to the most important god or goddess. </li></ul><ul><li>E. Ziggurat - a grand temple! </li></ul>
  9. 10. Now that’s what I call a ziggurat!

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