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City-States In Mesopotamia
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Source: World History, Patterns of Interaction
Chapter 2, Section 1
Presenters Notes, Higher Order Questions, Concepts
Slide 1
-City-States In Mesopotamia
-The pattern of development of this civilization has occurred many times throughout history
Chapter 2 Section 1
Slide 2
-Geography of the Fertile Crescent
Slide 3
-The first civilization in Asia 6,000 years ago.
-Developed around two rivers: Tigris & Euphrates
-The water created places to grow food
-Fertile Crescent
Mesopotamia: In Greek the word means land between the rivers
Slide 4
-Flood Waters of Life
-Every year the rivers flood
-Silt or dark soil is deposited
-Crops grown with big harvests
Wheat & Barley
Slide 5
-Environmental Challenges
-Before 4500 BC, people began to settle Southern Mesopotamia
-Around 3300 BC, Sumerians arrived
-Attracted by good soil
Slide 6
3 Disadvantages
-Very few Natural Resources, Example: Building Materials
-No natural barriers for protection
-Drought/Flood: Periods of drought, unpredictable flooding followed by periods of drought (No Rain)
Slide 7
Higher Order Question: How did floods make farming difficult?
Answer: When To Plant?, Crops could be wiped out- no food!
Slide 8
Concept: Trade
Answer: The Transferring of goods for something of value: Example Money
Slide 9
-Solving Problems Through Organization
-Irrigation Canals
-City Walls
-Traded grain, cloth & tools for raw materials
Slide 10
Higher Order Question: What three concepts would  be required for the irrigation project, defense of the city and trade?
Answer: 1. Leadership, 2. Cooperation, Organization
Slide 11
This was the beginning of Organized Government and Civilizations.
Slide 12
Sumerians Create City States
Slide 13
Concept: Government Systems
Answer: The institution or systems that make up the government of a state 
Slide 14
5 Key Characteristics of Sumerian Civilization
-Describe The importance of Each:
-Advanced Cities
-Specialized Workers
-Complex Institutions
-Record Keeping
-Improved Technology
Slide 15
City-States of Sumer
-By 3000 BC, the Sumerians had a large number of Cities
Slide 16
-A City State is much like a country today
-City-States included the city and land surrounding it.
Slide 17
City Organization
-The center of the city was a temple: Ziggurat
-Walled In
-Priests and rulers appealed the the gods
-The temple was surrounded by housing
Slide 18
Priests & Rulers Share Control
-In early history, priests controlled the Govt.:
-Collected Taxes    
-Managed the Irrigation System
-Go-betweens the farmers and the gods
Slide 19
Higher Order Question: How did good farmland allow for specialized workers in Sumer
Answer: The abundance of food freed people up to develop other skills than farming.
Slide 20
-War Changes Leadership
-Before 3000 BC, priests provided leadership
-In times of war, the best warrior would take leadership
-Gradually, priests turned permanent leadership over to warriors- Frequent Wars
Slide 21
-As military leaders become full time rulers:
Leaders began to hand down their power to their sons: Dynasty
-After 2500 BC, Leadership based on heredity
Slide 22
-Cities Spread
-As the food supply grows, a surplus is created
-The surplus is used to trade for goods they don’t have
Slide 23
-Cultural Diffusion
-With the development of trade, other things were traded besides food and goods.
Slide 24
Sumerian Culture
Slide 25
A Religion of Many Gods
Slide 26
Different Beliefs
-Polytheism: Belief in Many gods, Example: Mesopotamians
-Monotheism: Belief in one God, Example: Jews, Christians and Muslims
Slide 27
-gods of Mesopotamia
-god of storms and air
-“The raging flood that has no rival”
-gods lived as humans but were immortal.
-Never Die
-Mesopotamians believed humans were at the mercy of the gods
Slide 28
-Pleasing The gods
-Ziggurat: Place to worship the gods
-Sacrifices: animals food, wine
-Afterlife was grim:
-No paradise, Dust & Clay
The afterlife was not good.  Sumerians believed that the dead went to “the land of no return” an awful dismal place.  no paradise like n Islam and Christianity.
Slide 29
Higher Order Question: What was the purpose of making sacrifices to the gods
Answer: People believed that giving up something of value pleased the gods: a sign of worship.
Slide 30
-Life In Sumerian Society
Slide 31
-Social Classes
-The Top Social Classes
-Ordinary  people worked in the fields and shops
-Slaves were foreigners captured in battle or children sold into slavery to pay debts of parents
Slide 32
-Women in Sumeria 
-Women had more rights in early Sumerian Culture than most had in later civilizations
-Work as Farmers, Artisans or Merchants
-Own Property
-Become Priests
-Upper Class Women Read & Write
Slide 33
-Sumerian Science and Technology
-The Sail, Wheel and Plow
Slide 34
-Arithmetic & Geometry
- Math To Build With
-Build walls and buildings
-Plan irrigation
-Base 60 number system
Slide 35
-Architecture and Writing
-Architectural Innovations: Arches, Columns, Ramps and pyramids
-Cuneiform: Earliest form of writing and record keeping
Slide 36
Higher Order Thinking Question: What positive effects would writing have on society?
Answer: 1. Record Keeping, 2. Communication, 3. Record History
-History begins with writing!
Slide 37
The First Empire Builders
Slide 38
Warring City-States
-From 3000 to 2000  BC, Sumerian City-States were constantly at war
-Constant warfare weakened the city-States and made them vulnerable to outside attack
Slide 39
Sargon of Akkad
-by 2350 BC, Sargon of Akkadia  conquered the city-states of Sumeria
-Even though the Sumerian cities were conquered, Sargon spread Sumerian culture
Slide 40
-An empire is when a state controls several peoples, nations or states
-Sargon ruled all of Mesopotamia and beyond
Sargon’s dynasty lasted about 200 years.  After that it declined due to in-fighting, invasions and famine.
Slide 41
The Babylonian Empire
-In 2000 BC, nomadic warriors, Amorites, conquered Mesopotamia
-The empire reached it’s peak during the reign of Hammurabi (1792-1750 BC)
Amorites came from present day Syria
Slide 42
Hammurabi’s Code
-Hammurabi used a uniform set of laws to unify the different peoples of his empire
-Hammurabi made stone copies of all his laws and placed them everywhere
Slide 43
Higher Order Thinking Question: What kind of laws unify the United States?
Answer: Federal Laws
Slide 44
282 Laws
-Hammurabi’s Code covered many areas of law: Community, Family Relations, Business Conduct, Crime
-Many laws based on an eye for an eye
-Applied to rich, poor and men, women differently
Slide 45
Prologue of Hammurabi’s Code: “To bring about the rule of righteousness in the land, destroy the wicked and evil doers; so that the strong should not harm the weak”
-Higher Order Question: What does this say about the government of Babylon?
Answer: Government has a responsibility for what happens in society
Slide 46
Concept: Continuity,
Answer: An uninterrupted, consistent operation
Slide 47
-Two centuries after Hammurabi’s reign, the empire fell to the Kassites.
-Mesopotamia was conquered many times throughout history
Slide 48
The End

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