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World Civ 1 Honors

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World Civ 1 Honors HIST 1110

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Ancient Mesopotamia
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Date Created: 01/30/16
Chapter 1 World Civilization: Ancient Mesopotamia *Between the rivers* - Tigris and Euphrates - contemporary Iraq - “fertile crescent” The Wealth of the Rivers - nutrient rich silt - key: irrigation - coordinated efforts crucial - growth of local government - development of “city-states” - Sumer: small scale irrigation around 6000 BCE - by 5000 BCE, complex irrigation systems Sumerian City-States - cities appear around 4000 BCE - dominant region from 3200-2350 BCE - Ur (Home of Abraham), Ninevah - ziggurat: temple complex (home of the Gods) - divine mandate to kings, once office switches from one appointment (council of elders) to one of inheritance - regulation of trade - defense from nomadic marauders (city walls) Political Decline of Sumer - semetic people from northern Mesopotamia began to overshadow Sumer - Sargon of Akkad (2370-2315 BCE) - destroyed Sumerian city-states and created an empire - unable to surprise rebellion - Hammurabi (1792-1750 BCE) - improved taxation, legislation (code) - used local government to maintain control - empire later destroyed by Hittites from Anatolia (1595 BCE) Legal System - The Code of Hammurabi - 282 items - Lex Talionis (Item #192: “an eye for an eye”) - social status and gender mitigate punishment - women viewed a male property (father, husband, or son), but had some rights (of person from assault) Later Mesopotamian Empires - weakening of central rule invitation to invaders - Assyrians use new weaponry - beginning 1300 BCE, by late 8th-7th c. BCE, they control Mesopotamia, Syria, Palestine, and most of Egypt - Nebuchadnezzer (r. 605-562 BCE) takes advantage of internal dissent to take control and create Chaldean Empire - luxurious (i.e. hanging Gardens of Babylon) Technological Developments - bronze (copper & tin) c (4000 BCE) - military and agricultural uses - Iron c, 1000 BCE - cheaper than bronze, not an alloy - introduced as a result of Indo-European migration - wheels, boats (c. 3500 BCE) - Indo-European (Hittites) developed spoked wheels and horse-drawn chariots - ship building and trade Patriarchal Society - men as landowners, relationship to status - patriarchy: “rule of the father” - right to sell wives and children - double standard of sexual morality - women drowned for adultery - relaxed sexual mores for men - some possibilities for social mobility for women - court advisers, temple priestesses (and prostitues), economic activity (marketplace) - introduction of the veil (c. 1500 BCE) Development of Writing - Sumerian writing systems from 3500 BCE - pictographs - Cunieform: “wedge shaped” - preservation of documents on clay - declines form 400 BCE with spread of Greek alphabetic script Uses of Writing - trade - astronomy - mathematics - agricultural applications (geometry) - calculation of time - 12- month year - 24- hour day, 60- minute hour Mesopotamian Literature - Epic of Gilgamesh, compiled after 2000 BCE - heroic saga; king Gilgamesh and his friend, Enkidu - search for meaning of life, especially the afterlife, after the death of Enkidu - flood narrative of Utnapishtim (story of Noah) - this wordy emphasis; immortality only for the gods. Fame and “civilization” the rewards of men’s labor (immorality in a different sense) The Early Hebrews - patriarchs from Babylon, c. 11850 BCE - parallels between early biblical texts, code from Hammurabi - early settlement of Canaan (Israel) c. 1300 BCE - biblical texts: slavery in Egypt, divine redemption - Herabic development of monotheism - ongoing conflict with indigenous populations under King David (1000-970 BCE) and Solomon (970-930 BCE) Moses and Monotheism - Hebrews originally shared polytheistic beliefs of other Mesopotamian civilizations - Moses introduces monotheism, beliefsin a single God - denies existence of competing parallel dieties - personal God: reward and punishment for conformity with revealed law (Leviticus) - Religious authority based on readings of the Torah (“the teachings”): five books, pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy)- book of Moses Foreign Conquests of Israel - Civil War (of Solomon) - northern tribes: Israel - southern: Judah - Assyrian conquest: 722 BCE - exiles Israel: ten “lost tribes” - Babylonian conquest 586 BCE - additional exile of many residents of Judah - returned later than a century by the Persians (Cyrus’s conquest of Babylon) The Phoenicians - city state along the Mediterranean coast after 3000 BCE - extensive maritime trade (between Egypt, Greece, and Mesopotamia) - dominated Mediterranean trade, 1200-800 BCE - development of alphabetic symbols - simpler alternative to pictographic cunieform; 22 phonetic symbols (22 consonants); Greeks added vowels (further adapted by Romans for Latin alphabet) - aided spread of literacy in ancient world Indo-European Migrations - common roots of many languages in Europe, southwest Asia (Persia), and India - implies influence of a single Indo-European people - probable origin: contemporary Ukraine and Russia, 4500-2500 BCE - domestication of horses, development of chariot warfare, and use of iron allowed them to spread widely Implications of Indo-European Migration - Hittites migrate to central Anatolia, c. 1900 BCE, later dominate Babylonia - influence on trade - horses, with chariots and spoked wheels - iron - migrations to western China, Greece, Italy significant (for Turkish and European peoples) - influence on language and culture - aryo, sanskrit word (“noble” or “lord”) - aryian, iranian, irish - caste system in India


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