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Chapter 2 Vocabulary

Silt Rich soil.
Cataract High waterfall, rapids.
Delta Triangle-shaped, marshy area.
Dynasty Ruling family.
Pharoah Ruler.
Vizier Chief minister.
Mummification Preservation of dead bodies.
Hieroglyphics Egyptian picture writing.
Ideogram Pictures that symbolize idea or action.
Demotic Egyptian language of the people.
Papyrus Reed along the Nile used as paper.
Decipher Decode.
Hierarchy Social classes: upper, middle, lower.
Ziggurat Trapezoidal temple (not tomb)
Cuneiform Wedged-shaped writing on clay tablets.
Codify To arrange and set down laws in writing.
Criminal Law Robbery, assault, murder.
Civil Law Property inheritance, taxes, marriage, divorce.
Tolerance Victor ‘acceptance’ of vanquished.
Satrap A governor in Persian empire.
Barter Economy Exchange good for good.
Money Economy Exchange money for good.
Colony Territory settled and ruled by foreign people.
Alphabet Letters that represents spoken words.
Monothestic The belief in one God.
Covenant A binding agreement.
Patriarchal Father is head of the family.
Sabbath Holy day for rest and worship.
Prophet Spiritual leader.
Ethics Moral standards.
Diaspora Scattering of people.
Created by: schmidt55