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Period 2's Most Hounourable Sir Maximilian Peters

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Where are we? We seem to have stumbled on one of those Mayan pyramid temples! We should look this one up. Uh-oh! Someone is hurt badly! Quick! Should we take him to the temple to see the priest, the big house to see the upper-class man, the small house to see the peasant worker, or the shack to see the slaves? CONGRATULATIONS! We have finished our journey! I could not have done it without you (although you could not have done it without me)! Let's open the treasure! Tigris Island, Mesopotamia Travel back in time to 3000 BCE... ...in the Middle East, in the Tigris River (modern-day Iraq) We have a mission... ...learn about this ancient land! Here we are! And here's a treasure map! "What does 'Mesopotamia' mean?" https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en&tab=Tw&q=mesopotamia#hl=en&output=search&sclient=psy-ab&q=mesopotamia&oq=mesopotamia&gs_l=hp.3...,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&fp=593fa2e065496938&biw=1920&bih=979 We have a computer? Great! Let's go to Google! Go to the first site on the list (but IGNORE WIKIPEDIA!) Assyria, Babylon, and Sumer probably will not help...
go to the links on the left and see what you can find! There! In Geography! Mesopotamia is Greek for 'between the rivers'! Read on, and be enlightened! Meanwhile, I see a bit of land between two streams...
I think we found the teasure!

http://www.mesopotamia.co.uk/geography/home_set.html AH! BANDITS! They ask, "Which king of which city was 2/3-god?" Go! We do not have time for searching in that big website! Look for the first kid-friendly website!

https://www.google.com/#hl=en&sugexp=les%3B&gs_nf=1&tok=DT5GoRtUZTikIn_9UHiVAg&cp=5&gs_id=i&xhr=t&q=mesopotamia&pf=p&output=search&sclient=psy-ab&oq=mesop&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&fp=593fa2e065496938&biw=1920&bih=979 Ah-ha! King Gilgamesh, who was 2/3-god, ruled over the city of Uruk! Huzzah! Hail to the king! The bandits have conceded because we know about this land! Look! They gave us a clue! It says something, but in pictures! Maybe we should look this one up...

https://www.google.com/#hl=en&sugexp=les%3B&gs_nf=1&tok=DT5GoRtUZTikIn_9UHiVAg&cp=5&gs_id=i&xhr=t&q=mesopotamia&pf=p&output=search&sclient=psy-ab&oq=mesop&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&fp=593fa2e065496938&biw=1920&bih=979 Find anything? No? Maybe this will work...

https://www.google.com/#hl=en&sugexp=les%3B&gs_nf=1&tok=tmr9BE_m9gbGQ4-r3jkx6A&cp=14&gs_id=2n&xhr=t&q=mesopotamia+pictures&pf=p&sclient=psy-ab&oq=mesopotamia+pi&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&fp=593fa2e065496938&biw= No! You didn't find anything? NO! NO! NO! You do realise that this could be the end of our quest, right? If we do not find some clue soon, we will die of starvation or thirst or some more bandits! This is your last shot before I leave... with what is remaining of our food supply. Remember... do NOT trust Wikipedia!

https://www.google.com/#hl=en&sugexp=les%3B&gs_nf=1&gs_mss=mesopotamia%20pi&tok=tmr9BE_m9gbGQ4-r3jkx6A&pq=mesopotamia%20pictures&cp=14&gs_id=58&xhr=t&q=mesopotamia+writing&pf=p&sclient=psy-ab&oq=mesopotamia+wr&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&fp=59 YES! Alright, I see a rock that looks like cun- and then something else... we should go there! Maybe it is a Mesopotamian temple! Try this:

https://www.google.com/#hl=en&sclient=psy-ab&q=mesopotamia+temple&oq=mesopotamia+temple&gs_l=hp.3..0i10l2j0i10i30j0i30.4082.13081.0.15617.,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&fp=593fa2e065496938&biw=19 A ziggurat? Interesting...
There is a 16-letter thing that looks like a combination lock. Let's try 'Little Etemenanki'. IT WORKED! And here is another clue! It reads: "Go to where the gods reside". Well, we know that the Sumerians thought that the gods lived in mountains... look! there is a volcano over there! Looks like it fits the description! Oh, no! when we strayed off the path, we headed directly into impending lava flowing down the volcano! What do we do to stop it? https://www.google.com/#hl=en&sugexp=les%3B&gs_nf=1&gs_mss=Mesopotamia%20Wat&tok=-Kstqd936wDHMh80GF5ACA&cp=25&gs_id=36&xhr=t&q=Mesopotamia%20Water%20Systems&pf=p&sclient=psy-ab&oq=Mesopotamia+Water+Systems&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&fp=593fa2e Ah-ha! Irrigation! Invented by the Mesopotamians, and we just used it to save our lives! It turns out Mesopotamians invented MANY things, like the wheel, writing, and money, as well as irrigation. Let's continue our journey... Good thinking! The priest was a doctor, as most are, and that part of our quest ended happily!! It is time to hit the home stretch of our mission. I did not like the fact that he was bald, but all the other freemen wear skirts and have too much jewelry... yikes! I'll try to stop the bleeding while you go on Google!

https://www.google.com/#hl=en&sclient=psy-ab&q=mesopotamia+doctors&oq=mesopotamia+doctors&gs_l=hp.3..0i10i30j0i5i30.15295.24922.0.25282.,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&fp=593fa2e065496938&biw=1920&bih=979 It isn't there! Oh, well, at least we know about ancient Mesopotamia. Well, by now you are probably wondering who I am, why I made you Google so much, and why I cringed when the priest, well, (saw+hip=not good). I let you use the computer because I am old and not very good with technology. I also have a hole in my hip. Do you know now? No, I am not this guy. (Martin Crane from 'Frazier'.) I think you know now... my name is OTZI! ~ A ziggurat was a temple.
~Only priests were allowed in the top level of ziggurats.
~Formal religious ceremonies were held at the top level
~ Ziggurats were built in the center of each town. Some facts about Mesopotamia: ~Mesopotamia was located in the Middle East (mainly in present-day Iraq), in between the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers. This area was called the Fertile Crescent, and the land was good for farming (and therefore very fertile).
~In Greek, Mesopotamia means "between the rivers" or "between the two rivers".
~The Euphrates begins near Mount Ararat, and the Tigris's source is in the Taurus Mountains; however, they connect to form the Shatt-al-Arab, which runs into the Persian Gulf. Ziggurat ~Gilgamesh might have been a real king of Uruk. He was believed to be 2/3-god, and the people thought that he could do things like lift mountains with one hand.
~The Epic of Gilgamesh might just be the first story ever written down. It also portrays Gilgamesh as, basically, a superhero. ~Mesopotamians invented the first form of writing: cuneiform.
~They recorded many things, including lists of kings, household goods, and court activity.
~They developed cuneiform, a type of pictograph, around 5000 BCE.
~They wanted their sons to read and write using cuneiform. ~Mesopotamia had a class system, but there were no laws stating that you could not move your status up.
Upper class
Lower class
~Priests were doctors.
~Even men wore skirts and jewlery, ecspecially rings. Upper-class citizens wore gold jewlery, while the poorer people mainly wore less expensive materials.
~Slaves usually sold for more than a donkey but more than a cow. ~The Mesopotamians invented many things, such as:
The wheel
Writing ~They used units of 60. We still use it: 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour. All in all, Mesopotamia was a pretty awesome place (for 5000 years ago). It has been great teaching you about the first civilization ever.

-Otzi It has been a pleasure teaching you about the world's first civilization, Mesopotamia. Now, I need to get back to the meuseum before they notice!
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