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Social Studies

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Sargon An Akkadian king who unified the city states, which created the world's first empire.
Hammurabi A fair and just ruler of Babylonia, he is best known for his "eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth" code of law
Hanging Gardens of Babylon One of the seven wonders of the Ancient world, beautiful "terraced" gardens that were watered using irrigated water from the Euphrates!
Empire A large territory or group of many territories governed by one ruler.
Tribute Payment made to a ruler or state as a sign of surrender; payment to a ruler as a sign of submission or for protection.
Province A territory governed as a political district of a country or empire.
Caravan A group of merchants traveling together for safety, usually with a large number of camels; a group of traveling merchants and animals.
Code (of law) A set of official rules; a system of principles or rules.
Epic A long poem that records the deeds of a legendary or real hero.
Silt A mixture of fertile soil and tiny rocks that can make land ideal for farming.
Polytheism Worship of many gods.
City-States A city that governs itself and it's surrounding territory.
Irrigation A system that supplies dry land with water through ditches, pipes, or streams.
Surplus An amount that is left over after a need has been met.
Ziggurat A pyramid-shaped structure with a temple at the top.
Cuneiform Writing developed by the Sumerians that used wedge-shaped marks made in soft clay.
Scribe A person who copies or writes out documents; often a record keeper.
Stylus A writing tool made from a reed that scribes used to make wedge shaped symbols on clay tablets.
Sumer The first human civilization in world history, these early people began to form towns in 5000 BC.
Cylinder Seal An engraved stone cylinder used to create a seal or signature on clay tablets.
Civilization A civilization is an advanced state of human society. Typically a civilization is marked by advanced government, agriculture, science, and culture.



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