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Development of Mesopotamian Societies

Describe the development of mesopotamian societies; include the religious, cultural, economic, and political facets of society, with attention to Hammurabi's Law Code.

Paige Milford

on 27 January 2013

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By: Paige Milford and Avana Bennett The Development of Mesopotamian Societies Religion Gave world it's first mythology The oldest religion that there's records of Believed world was flat Believed the sea was all around the earth Believed there were many gods and goddesses Wrote songs for gods, and to explain important events Cultural Farmers learned to irrigate their lands Economic Organized into three categories: The King, the citizens, and the officials Political Hammurabi was a Mesopotamian king who ruled the Babylonian Empire Hammurabi's Code of Laws They hunted, and did boxing and wrestling School was only for royal children and sons of rich people They played a form of polo, and they played board games They used a surplus to trade for goods and services Used the writing system mainly to keep up with debit and credit accounts for the merchants They made mud bricks from river mud and let them dry in the sun They used the wheel for pottery and carts for transportation King was political powerhouse, his job was to keep the citizens safe and fed, support local irrigation networks, lead in wars, and make sure justice was served The citizens had to pay taxes and help in agriculture and war They have found governmental letters that shows there was political structure in ancient Mesopotamia. Hammurabi made a universal set of laws for the diverse people of Mesopotamia to follow He sent legal experts throughout the kingdom to get laws that already existed. He reviewed the laws, and changed some and eliminated some before coming up with his final list of 282 laws. Sources http://www.dl.ket.org/humanities/connections/class/ancient/mesopreligion.htm






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