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Ancient Mesopotamia

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Jessica Gonzalez

on 19 November 2013

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Ancient Mesopotamia By Jessica Gonzalez
Location in the world
Geographical Advantages
Mesopotamia did not have any mountains to protect them so they were always being invaded.
Did they have access to fresh water?
Mesopotamia had access to fresh water because they have the Euphrates and Tigris rivers.
Time Period:
Mesopotamia started in 3000 B.C
The inventions that
Mesopotamia had were the wheel, writing, mathematics, astronomy, medicine and technology.
Political Life:
What kind of government did they have?
The type of government that Mesopotamia had was a democracy. However, they also valued the priest hood highly and integrated it into their government.
Who had power or control?
The Assyrians had control over their empire.

Social Life:
What kind of beliefs or values did people have?
Mesopotamia had a polytheistic belief system.
Was there an organized religion? Yes Mesopotamia had a organized religion and they did not have any rituals.
Were there social classes?
Highest Class: King, government officials, priests, wealthy merchants, and landowners.
Middle Class: Farmers, fishermen, artisans, scibres, potters.
Lower Class: Slaves, prisoners, people who did not own land and children.
Economic Life:
What resources did they have? They were an agricultural community. The land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers was well watered and very fertile, so it could support large numbers of people, and it generated an agricultural surplus.
How was the wealth of the society distributed? They did not have equal share because women were not treated equally like men were.
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