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Chapter 2 Vocabulary

World History

Silt Rich soil
Cataract High waterfall, rapids
Delta Triangle shaped area (mushy land)
Dynasty Ruling family
Pharaoh Ruler
Vizier Chief minister
Mummification Preservation of a dead body
Hieroglyphics Egyptian picture writing
Ideograms Pictures that symbolize idea or action
Demotic Egyptian language 'of the people'
Papyrus Reed along the Nile used as paper
Decipher Decode
Hierachy Social classes: Upper, Middle, Lower
Ziggurat Trapezodial 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
Tollerance Victor 'acceptance' of vanquished
Satrap A governor in Persian empire
Barter Economy Exchanging a good for agood
Money Exchange Exchanging money for agood
Colony Territory settled and ruled by foreign people
Alphabet Letters that represent spoken sounds
Created by: lauragilley