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The Greatest Empire

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Anthony Ruther

on 5 December 2013

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The Greatest Empire
Society
King, Goverment officials/Rich citizens with priests, followed by artistans then farmers and the last slaves. As all class systems go they are all structed very similarly, the rich on the top and the poor on the bottom.
Architecture
The Mesopotamians were very good at archetecture just as all welathy civilazations were, such as Greece and Rome. The one archetectural feat that stood out was their temples, other wise known as Ziggurats.
Ziggurat of Ur
The most impressive ziggurat is the Ziggurat of Ur. What makes it so impressive is its size at 210 feet in length, 150 feet in width and over 100 feet in height. Not to for get part of it still stands to this day.
Literature
The mesopotamians were the first civilization to have a writing Their way of writing was called "Cuneiform" they are symbols that were used to communicate, this incorporates; trade, myths, epics. and have a standing law. What they would do is that they would carve into clay tablets.
Mythology
A civilizations mythology can tell a lot about the people, such as if the people have a lot of mean gods they live in a very hazardous place and if they have a lot of kind and gentle gods they live in a calm area with little natural disasters. The Mesopotamian people had balanced Gods
Gilgamesh
The most well known hero was Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh was a king of Urak rumored to be 1/3 human and 2/3 god. He supposadly built the walls of Urak. He goes on a journy to achive immortality. In the end of the epic he fails and realizes that the actions of man live forever, not man itself.
How all myths are connected
http://youtu.be/Hhk4N9A0oCA
Connections
Just as history repeates itself so do religions and myths. An example would be the flood story seven religions have this story. Another would be Gilgamesh, all religions have a similar character who goes off to find his ultamate goal, something greater, something larger than life.
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