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Mesopotamia and FC

Review for Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent

TermDefinition
Fertile Crescent the large are of rich, fertile farmland located around the Tigris and Euphrates rivers
silt a mixture of rich soil and tiny rocks left behind by the flooding of the rivers
irrigation a way of supplying water to an area of land
canals human-made waterways
surplus more than is needed
division of labor when each workers specializes in a particular task or job
rural countryside
urban city
city-state a city and all the countryside around it
empire land with different territories and peoples under a single rule
polytheism the worship of many gods (not just one)
priests people who performed religious ceremonies
social hierachy the division of society by rank or class
cuneiform the world's first writing system
pictograph picture symbols
scribe writer
epics long poems that tell the stories of heroes
architecture the science of building
ziggurat a pyramid-shaped temple tower
monarch a ruler of a kingdom or empire
Hammurabi's Code a set of 282 laws that dealt with almost every part of daily life
chariot a wheeled, horse-drawn cart used in battle
alphabet a set of letters that can be combined to form words
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