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ancient Mesopotamia

The Mesopotamian people survived because they had rich soil that grew good crops
Mesopotamia is between two rivers Tigris and Euphrates
Sumerians of Mesopotamia believed in many many false gods
Cuneiform was written on what with what clay tablets with sharp reeds
Cuneiform first known recorded language; wedge shaped writing system of the Sumerians
Hammurabi king that united all Mesopotamia under one ruler; wrote the 1st recorded laws
Gilgamesh character in a poem who was believed to be part god and part human
Scholars believe that Gilgamesh was a real person that had exaggerated stores written about him
Code of Hammurabi 282 laws
Hammurabi's laws were strict, harsh, severe
how did the Sumerian society feel about the Code? afraid of the laws so followed them
Fertile Crescent land in the Middle East
nomad a person that moves from place to place
ziggurat a Sumerian temple
theocracy a government in which the priest rules in the name of a god
polytheistic worship of many gods
Created by: jlmetheny
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