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HIST 100 3rd week of notes

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Western Civilization Pre Mod
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Date Created: 02/05/16
Civilization (BE ABLE TO CONNECT KEY TERMS) 01/25/2016 ▯ ▯ History: first came from Herodotus—inquired of what happened in the past  Herodotus: father of western civilization ▯ ▯ Prehistory—Stone Age  Paleolithic Age (KEY TERM) means old stone, before advent of writing o Archaeology = only evidence for the distant past of humans  Homo sapiens o Hunger-gathers (KEY TERMS) o Made durable tools from stone o Social hierarchy develops  Known based on burials  People buried with a bunch of stuff = rich  People buried with out stuff = poorer o Religion  Venus figurines  Figures of women with bodies as if they have had children  Worship the women body  Cave paintings  Cave of Lascaux (religious)  A lot of pictures of reindeer but no reindeer bones o Otzi (utzi)  3,300 BC  buried with shoes, satchel, stone tools  tattoos  Neolithic Age (new stone) o Neolithic revolution  10,000-4,ooo BC  agriculture  Domestication of animals  Able to stay in one place o Change in daily life  Food surplus  Specialization of craft  Not worried about where food is coming from we can expand our knowledge o happened in fertile crescent called Mesopotamia o first evidence of people growing own crops and domesticating animals o Tigris river on top and Euphrates river on bottom  characteristics of civilization o urban focus  cities become the center o religious structure o political and military structures  organized administration and defense o development of writing  usually reserved for the priestly and upper class, but still an essential aspect o artistic and intellectual activity  architecture, artwork, crafts  Mesopotamia o C. 4,000-1,000 BC (Bronze Age) o “land between two rivers”  Tigris and Euphrates – modern day Iraq, Syria little bit of Turkey, Iran and Kuwait o Collection of a number of different societies o Huge advances in writing, math, astrology o Religion highly developed  Sumerianth rd o 5 – 3 millennia BC o Eridu = first settlement o war very common o “king Priests” o inventions of Sumer  wheel and plow  planting of the first orchards  dates, figs, and olives  development of metal casting  most significant = writing o cuneiform (KEY TERM) means wedge form  first form of writing  writing is significant because the insemination of knowledge  knowledge is preserved and can be moved around o Epic of Gilgamesh  Similar mythologies in the bible, Greek, Aztec  About friendship  Very pessimistic  One of the oldest stories  Written in Samarian writing o Enheduanna  Sargon’s daughter  Wrote short poems  Is the world’s first known female writer o Threat to Sumer  Broad, open plain with little defenses  The Tigris/Euphrates flood sporadically  Fertile crescent, land between two rivers  Several neighboring people  From 2350 BC Sumer was overrun several times by outsiders  This uncertainty is reflected in literature and religion  Worry, wonder, at the mercy of the gods and nature o Akkadian empire  Sargon of Akkad united Sumerian/Semitic  2334 BC – 2193 BC  Another warring nation  Empire collapsed  Climate  Regional decline  Invasions o Then Babylonians  Akkadian rule eventually weakened  Brief independence for Sumerian cities  Than Babylonians invaded in turn  Like Akkadians, they adopted Sumerian culture  Hummarabi o Most important Babylonian ▯ ▯ Hammurabi  Uses cuneiform to write down Hammurabi’s laws/ rights  Two different types of law in Hammurabi’s law code  First written code that we know of o Two forms of punishment o 1 is monetary punishment  based on wealth  rich guy beats up on poor guy he has to pay a fine o 2 is eye for an eye  poor guy beats up poor guy he will have the same thing done to him ▯ Mesopotamian Religion  these societies are polytheistic  also synchronistic o Adding a bunch of different gods together from different religions  continuous adding of gods  sky gods, earth gods, forces of nature, animism  gods were immortal and had supernatural powers o powers based on what part of the earth they are “in charge of”  no ethical dimension  religion was pessimistic and fatalistic ▯ Hepatoscopy  Divination by liver o Source of blood o Life  Extispicy o Other organs  Sacrifice o Gift to gods o Bring fertility to wife o Bring healthy crops o Not everyone go enough meat/ protein so they would have these sacrifices and share with poor people  Haruspex o Trained to interpret ▯ Mesopotamian Mathematics  Sexagesimal numeral system o Gives us 60 second minutes o 60 minute hours o 360 circle o all geometry based  place-value system ▯ *** advances in math and astrology were key to Mesopotamian advancements ▯ ▯ Early Civilizations ▯ ▯ Assyrians  Most brutal conquerors of all time o Enjoyed it  Descendants of the Sumer- Akkadians o Half= Babylonians o Other = Assyrians o 24 – 7 centuries BC o spoke Semitic language in Mesopotamia  military expansion o Judah, Egypt, Babylon (conquered) o Start making better military weapons o Start making iron  Stronger than bronze o First one to use horses and chariots  Art work depicts brutality o Put artwork everywhere to remind people they have conquered what they will do o Very proud of what they do ▯ Ziggurat (KEY TERM)  In Mesopotamia  Religious temple  Organize big structures to go to war *** war is one of the more sophisticated things that humans go do  Power of a society is how well they go to war o Takes an incredible amount of organization of gathering hundreds of troops o Major planning ▯ Nineveh  Syrian capitol at Nineveh  Largest city in the world 690 BC  Destroyed by Persians 612 ▯ Egypt  Assyrians conquered Egypt  Before that, the Egyptians were one of the most prosperous states  Importance of the Nile o 4,000 miles o Reliable/predictable o Flows north o When it floods brings fertile soil from bottom of river to fertilize crops  #1 contributing factor to the success of Egypt for so long  Old Kingdom o Lower and upper Egypt were united into one culture o Pyramids were built  2686- 2181 BC  United by Menes  Pyramids  Middle Kingdom o Time of decline  2040- 1786 BC  New Kingdom o 1570- 1085 o when Persians take over ▯ Egyptian Religion  Polytheistic (KEY TERM) o Gods maintained in humans/ animals/ nature o Pharaohs = god-men  Afterlife = hugely significant o Pyramids = tombs for pharaohs  Religious buildings  Few minutes off of perfect north  Built by aliens  Said because no one really knows how they are built o Mummification  Open up cavity  Take out all guts, major organs, NOT HEART  Put into conoptic jars  Rest of body gets stuffed with cloth covered with natron  Rub body in tree sap  Whole process takes about 40-70 days  originally just pharaohs but started to do dogs and cats  heart gets put back for afterlife  heart gets weighed  heavier than a feather = convicted 1 of 40 sins you get fed to three most dangerous animals in Africa o Funerary art o Book of the Dead ▯ ▯ Pyramids of Giza  One of the 7 wonders of the ancient world ▯ Khufu  4 Dynasty Pharaoh  pyramids built for him  Old Kingdom period ▯ Hatshepsut  One of the first great women who have come down in history  Married to the pharaoh  Pharaoh dies and son is next in line o Son is to young so she takes over for the mean time  Wives were viewed as goddesses as well ▯ Hieroglyphs (means: sacred writings)  Second oldest writing form that we know of  ideogram  Each picture represents an entire idea  Hieroglyphics went out of use due to.. o Coptic  Using Greek scrip to write hieroglyphic terms ▯ Rosetta Stone (KEY TERMS)  Dates to decree from Memphis o Cult of Ptolemy V  Egyptian hieroglyphs, demotic script, Greek  Without stone we probably would never have been able to decipher Egyptian language  The key to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphs  rediscovered’ in 1799 by French soldiers o French defeated by British in Egypt o Now and has been on display in British museum ▯ Jean-Francois Champollion  1820  by age of 20 he can speak Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Avestan, Pahlavi, Arabic, Syriac, Chaldean, Persian, and Ge’ez  unlocked Egyptian language  after he unlocks it everyone starts to unlock the Egyptian writing as well ▯ ▯ Hittites  Battle of Kadesh  Egyptians and Hittites both say they won  Each put up the peace treaty in their own writing that they each won the battle ▯ ▯ Refutation  Evidence of “Asian” slaves in Egypt o Some must have been Hebrews  No point for Jewish scribes to record the race of slaves  Extra-biblical evidence o Outside of the bible evidence o Dead seas scrolls o Tel Dan Stele  Talks about a potential house of David ▯ Kings  First king of Israelites = Saul  David = second king  Solomon o Davrd’s son o 3 king o built temple to ONE god o taxes and favoritism o kingdom divided  Assyrians destroy Israelite kingdom o capital Samaria was taken  temple destroyed by Babylonians o Babylonian captivity  DIASPORA ▯ Hebrew Religion  Developed over time o Started out as a blend of Mesopotamian/Canaanite religion o Polytheistic  Yahweh= chief god of Israel o But kings, rulers and people worshipped other gods  During Babylonian exile, Yahweh became single o Exiles returned to Judah (help of Persians) o Monotheism becomes dominant belief  First explicit from of monotheism the world had seen ▯ Persians  Cyrus the Great o Founder of Archaemenid Empire o Innovative conqueror  Would tell people he would provide them protection if they joined him o Freed the Jews from Babylon  Only foreigner in the Hebrew bible referred to as the bible o Paradise gardens o Irrigation systems  Qanat  Siphon water to where they want it to go o Died in the battle before he could see his empire succeed\ o Becomes kings of kings  Zoroastrianism (wont need to know on a test) o “good religion” revealed to Zoroaster o henotheism  means ONE supreme god and than lesser deities worshipped in a different way o Ahura Mazda = supreme god o Vs Angra Mainyu (destructive spirit) o Zoroaster’s revelation ▯ ▯ ▯ Minoan Civilizations (live on the island of Crete, modern day Greece) ▯ ▯ Palace at Knosos  Sir Arthur Evans  Oldest in Europe?  King Minos o Wife falls in love with bull and has Minotaur  Minotaur (bull and human beast)  Labyrinth  Place admin ▯ 3 types of writings  Cretan Hieroglyphs o Goes in circles o Only about 300 found o Not deciphered  Linear A (KNOW) o Writing script of Minoans o Not deciphered o Found about 10,000  Linear B (KNOW) o Mycenaean script o Deciphered by the enigma guys o Old form of Greek ▯ Minoan Demise (KNOW)  Volcano erupts o Sends tsunami towards northern end of the island of Crete o Weakened Minoan civilization greatly ▯ Mycenaean Civilization  Visit Crete  Realize the Minoans no longer have as much power  Mycenaeans go and conquer Crete  Tholos o Buried dead in these tombs Collapse of Bronze Age  End of bronze age= begins dark age o Stopped writing  Last tablet of linear B 1200 BC  Sea peoples (KNOW THE BOLD) (COLLAPSE OF MYCANAEANS) o May be the reason for the end of writing  Dorian invasion o Aka return of the Heracleidae o May also have been reason for end of writing  Reasons for decline/ migration vary o Newest research suggest 300 year drought ▯ Homer  Much about him is questionable  2 Books written o Iliad  Troy and the Trojan war o odyssey o written in ionic Greek o dactylic hexameter  long short short …  dactylic = phalanges  blind  Iliad and odyssey were composed orally!! (TEST QUESTION) ▯ Sappho (KNOW)  One of the great lyric poets  Greek Woman  Such a great poet th o Regarded as the 10 muse ▯ ▯ ▯


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