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Week 2 Tuesday Class Notes

by: Ann Carter Herbert

Week 2 Tuesday Class Notes Hist 1720

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The West and the World 1
Professor Caroline Dunn
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Date Created: 08/23/16
History 1720 Professor Dunn: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- --8/23/2016 The Mesopotamians  Song by They Might be Giants o Might help with memorizing  Water and Soil, Stone and Metal: The first civilizations o Refer to reading from text  Earliest Cities: o Why did important cities (areas of civilization) arise where they did (in major river valleys)?  Accident of nature  Where areas were fertile (Rivers, etc.)  Flooding that would take place in the Nile that allowed crops to grow o Humans gained control of the water  Irrigation techniques to control the flow of water ** very key in the emergence of early societies  This provides Stability o What do historians mean when they speak of “civilization”  A “civilized society” has advanced beyond a basic search for sustenance  Gone beyond just hunter gatherer  Has different characteristics  Society=roots of people who may share values but are not all the same o People develop different occupations= Specialization  Artisans: o People who make things (necessary things) not like our modern day artists  May seem creative to us but pretty much everything has a purpose for use  Merchants: o People who are bartering these objects  Slaves o Not an equal society  Kings: Hierarchy, Priests o Again supports unequal society  Gender division: Patriarchy o Patrilinear: inheritance through men in the family o Women had some rights (i.e. the right to divorce) o What caused the emergence of social stratification (kings and priests as the ruling class, different social classes in society)?  Protection  Men ruled not only through strength but through strategy  Kingship becomes hereditary  The suggestion that the gods are looking upon not only the kings but the whole family favorably if they are in fact successful o We then see dynasties o In Mesopotamia and Egypt we see these leaders being linked to the gods, and also becoming god-like  The people see them as having ancestors that are gods  Religious deities  Ex. The Pharaoh is seen as a living god o The value of Theocracy  Theo=god  Ocracy=ruler  A society of ruling classes that are working together (priest and kings, therefore the ruling family promotes the religion and the priest promotes the ruling family)  Kings protect the people from other nations, the priests protect people from the gods and goddesses (sacrifices, etc.)  Gods are very related to nature  Refer to the importance of the sun  Ziggurats:  Both a temple and offering place o People would bring their excess food and the rulers would redistribute o Sargon  The king who seems to have the first idea of conquering other nations and then sticking with that  Not just taking other lands goods, but also claiming their land and establishing that land as territory as well  He is an exception to the lack of unity in Mesopotamia as a whole  Mesopotamia has many different regions with different languages and cultures o Egypt as a contrast is unified: shared culture and language, etc. for the most part for hundreds of years  Gives their culture strength through unity o Pharaoh Menes:  The unification of Egypt is most linked to this Pharaoh even though he is not solely responsible for the unification of this region  The first ruler that we actually believe existed is Narmer  What is the purpose of organized religion? o Polytheistic: believes in multiple gods and goddesses o Egyptian afterlife:  Understanding the purpose of life and what happens after or beyond o The question of morality:  Religion’s hold on how people should live their lives o Pyramids: temples with tombs attached, religious structures to help kings move on to the afterlife  Sphinx: half lion / half human o Cuneiform:  The earliest known system of writing  Receipts: earliest need for writing, a form of recorded payment  Priests record the people that contribute food o Hieroglyphs:  Financial transactions  Expands into religious information  Then into written law  History vs. Prehistory o Writing doesn’t suddenly mean we have a whole lot more info about society o Other types of non-written evidence remains valuable  Architecture, art, etc. o Written sources are not perfect  Might not be complete  Biased  Might not be telling us the truth  Example: modern people who have a death record that aren’t actually dead


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