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World History Ch. 2.

World History Ch.2

TermDefinition
Silt. Rich soil.
Cataract. High waterfall, rapids. (Gk. 'cata=down, 'ract'=break)
Delta. Triangle-shaped area (marshy flatland.)
Dynasty. Ruling family.
Pharaoh. Ruler. (Egyptian: Per Ao=great house'.)
Vizier. Chief minister.
Mummification. Preservation of dead bodies.
Heiroglyphics. Egyptian picture writing.
Demotic. Egyptian language 'of the people' (Gk. 'demos=people.)
Papyrus. Reed along Nile used as paper.
Decipher. Decode.
Ideogram. Picture that symbolizes an idea or action.
Hierarchy. Social classes: Upper, middle, and lower.
Ziggurat. Trapezoidal temple (not tomb.)
Cuneiform. Wedge-shaped writing on clay tablets.
Codify. To arrange & 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 for good for another good.
Money economy. Exchange of money for a good.
Colony. Territory settled & ruled by foreign people.
Alphabet. Letters that represent spoken sounds.
Monotheistic. Belief in 1 god.
Covenant. A binding agreement.
Patriarchal. Father is head of family.
Prophet. Spiritual leader.
Ethics. Moral standards.
Diaspora. Scattering of people.
Created by: jackfulcher