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worldhistory Ch 3


Mesopotamia The region where the Tigris and Euphrates rivers flow
Floodplain the flat land bordering the banks
silt the fine soil deposited by rivers
semiarid climate with less than 10 inches of rain a year and hot summers
drought a period when not enough rain and snow fall
Surplus more supplies than they needed for themselves
Mouth the part of a river that empties into a larger body of water
city-state A community that includes a city and its nearby farmlands
ziggurat a temple that is also the city hall ran by priests and serves as storehouse for grain
polytheism A belief in many gods and goddesses
irrigation farmers’ system of canals for watering crop fields
king the highest-ranked leader of a group of people
reed the hollow stem of a tall grass
bronze a mixture of copper and tin
pictographs Such symbols known “picture writing.”
stylus sharpened reed used to press markings into a clay tablet
scribes The people who specialized in writing
cuneiform wedge-shaped writing that used symbols made entirely of wedge shapes on clay tablets
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