Ancient Mesopotamia: The Cradle of Civilization

This resource is part of the History of Europe to 1648 course

Time Estimation edit

Time estimation for the completion of the required material in this section.

  • Lecture = 30 min.
  • Required Reading & Review Questions = 30-40min
  • Test Yourself Questions = 30-40 min.

Lecture edit

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  • What is civilization ?.
  • Civilization in Mesopotamia
  • Sumeria and Babylonia
  • Science, the Arts, Religion

Required Reading edit

Review Questions edit

  • Who were the peoples of Mesopotamia?
  • Describe the cuneiform script used in Mesopotamia.
  • What were the contributions of the Babylonians to the sciences?
  • What were the contributions of the Babylonians to literature?
  • What was religion like in Mesopotamia?

Test Yourself Questions edit

  • What is civilization?
  • What did the peoples of Mesopotamia have in common?

Additional Information edit

Further Reading edit

Chronology edit

Ancient Mesopotamia
Paleolithic (Old Stone) Age 3000.000 - 7000 B.C.
Neolithic (New Stone) Age 7000 - 2800 B.C.
Old Sumerian 2800-2300 B.C.
Akkadian 2300-2200 B.C.
New Sumerian 2200-2000 B.C.
Early Old Babylonian 2000-1570 B.C.