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Foy WH Ch. 3 Vocab

TermDefinition
Fertile Crescent an area of rich farmland in Southwest Asia where the first civilizations began
silt a mixture of fertile soil and tiny rocks that can make land ideal for farming
irrigation a way of supplying water to an area of land
canals a human-made waterway
surplus more of something than is needed
division of labor an arrangement in which each worker specializes in a particular task
rural a countryside area
urban a city area
city-state a political unit consisting of a city and its surrounding countryside
empire land with different territories and peoples under a single rule
polytheism the worship of many gods
social hierarchy the division of society by rank or class
cuneiform the world's first system of writing; developed in Sumer
pictograph a picture symbol
scribe a writer
epics long poems that tell the stories of heroes
ziggurat a pyramid-shaped temple in Sumer
monarch a ruler of a kingdom or empire
Hammurabi's Code a set of 282 laws governing daily life in Babylon; the earliest known collection of written laws
alphabet a set of letters that can be combined to form words
Created by: lfoy8290