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ANCIENT MESOPOTAMIA

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A ziggurat was the tallest building at the center of every Sumerian town. Important religious meetings and ceremonies were held at a ziggurat. People would leave offerings to the Gods at the top of a ziggurat. These structures were very tall in order for the Gods to hear the people better.
The Earliest Inventions
The Mesopotamian civilization had such a big influence on the arts, urban life, astrology, the system of telling time and more. The innovations of Mesopotamia are very relevant to our lives today. We thought it was important to bring this to the public.
-Susanna Siu Lai-Kuen
WHAT'S THE POINT OF A ZIGGURAT?
Mesopotamian Inventions
Mesopotamian Women
The Sumerians were very inventive.
They invented some of the most important things used today. One of those inventions was the wheel. Without that very invention, there wouldn't be cars, bikes, trucks, trains- my point is, one simple invention evolved into many more inventions and is very important to us today.
Another invention from the Sumerians is cuneiform. If you aren't already familiar with cuneiform, it is the first writing system, and it has evolved greatly over the many years. This writing was developed on clay tablets and was written on with a stylus.
Mesopotamian women weren't considered equal to men. Women could leave their houses to go to the market, but women weren't able to own property or businesses. Some had the opportunity to write and read, some were even given jobs, but men still had more rights. Women didn't even have a say in any form of government.
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Beliefs of Gods and Goddeses
GODS AND GODDESSES
A Short History of Mesopotamia (In Song)
ANCIENT MESOPOTAMIA
-The Sumerians were very religious people.
They believed that anything that happened
was from the Gods.
-They worked hard to please their leaders and make them happy,
-The Ancient Babylonians were quite similar
to the Sumerians.
Above: Several Ancient Gods And Goddesses
Above: A Sumerian ziggurat.
Below: A cuneiform tablet
Source: http://mesopotamiainformation.weebly.com/scholar-quotes.html
CYLINDER SEALS
Cuneiform was the form of communication in Mesopotamia. Some people could not write cuneiform. If you didn't know how to write, you could hire a scribe to do the writing for you, but if you couldn't afford these "writing butlers," you could use a cylinder seal. These cylinders had pictograms different from any other seal to show the world your "signature" on clay tablets. Many seals have been uncovered and are assumed to have been popular among the working class.
Right: A cylinder seal and a clay tablet
2800BC
2600BC
2000BC
2400BC
3200BC
3500BC
Giglamesh Becomes Ruler
Royal Tombs of Ur are Built
Pictographs become Cuneiform
Ur Destroyed by the Elamites
Cities Start Growing Across Mesopotamia
Pictographs Invented
Source: http://www.mesopotamia.co.uk/time/explore/main_mes.html
BY: KATIE SULLIVAN
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