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WH1 Vocab #2 RVC

River Valley Civilizations

TermDefinition
Fertile Crescent Arc of rich farmland in southwest Asia between the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean Sea
Mesopotamia The land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers
City-state Political unit much like an independent country
Dynasty Series of rulers from a single family
Cultural Diffusion New ideas spreading from one culture to another
Polytheism Belief in many gods
Empire Peoples, nations, or independent states under control of one ruler
Hammurabi Babylonian ruler famous for his code of laws
Delta Marshy area at the mouth of a river
Pharaoh Egyptian ruler thought of as a god
Theocracy Government in which the ruler is considered to be a divine figure
Pyramid Resting place for Egyptian kings after death
Mummification Process by which a body is preserved after death
Hieroglyphics Egyptian writing system
Papyrus plant used to make a paper-like material
Monsoon Seasonal wind
Mandate of Heaven Divine approval of the ruler
Dynastic Cycle Pattern of rise, fall & replacement of dynasties
Feudalism Political system in which nobles or lords are granted the use of lands that belong to the king
Subcontinent Land mass that is a distinct part of a continent
Created by: csdavis