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Fertile Crescent

Fertile Crescent a region of the Middle East named for its rich soils and golden wheat fields.
Hierarchy Each Sumerian city-state had a distinct social hierarchy (HY ur ahr kee), or system of ranking groups. The highest class included the ruling family, leading officials, and high priests.
Ziggurat Each city built a ziggurat (ZIG oo rat), a large, stepped platform thought to have been topped by a temple dedicated to the city's chief god or goddess.
Cuneiform It was later called cuneiform (kyoo NEE uh fawrm), from the Latin word cuneus for "wedge," because scribes wrote by making wedge-shaped marks on clay tablets.
Mesopotamia Greeks later named Mesopotamia, which means "between the rivers."
Epic of Gilgamesh The Epic of Gilgamesh, which was first told story in Sumer.
Famine famine led to the downfall of the empire.
Sargon took control of the region.
Empire when several peoples, nations, or previously independent states are placed under the control of one ruler.
Stela which has all 282 of Hammurabi's laws engraved on it.
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