Content/Language Target: I will write to describe the development of civilizations in ancient Mesopotamia.
Learning Target: SS.07.712.03- Describe the foundations and development of key historical topics. Topics to include but not limited to early civilizations, Greece, Rome, ancient China and ancient African civilizations, and the Medieval World incorporating the Crusades and Feudalism.
Ever wonder when the first written records appeared, when the wheel was invented, or where our modern counting system came from? Believe it or not, these and many other innovations – like glass, farming, complex legal systems, and basic astronomy – came from one civilization, the very first: Mesopotamia. What most people don’t know is that Mesopotamia includes the Sumerian, Babylonian, and Assyrian empires, which followed one after another, from 3500 B.C. to 612 B.C., and all failed for different reasons.
But in the meantime, Mesopotamia was a hotbed of invention and innovation: Artisans, politicians, and priests produced an incredible number of scientific advances and new ways of thinking that continue to shape our lives today. In Mesopotamia, we can investigate how the religious beliefs, myths, and temples of the time – like the famed Tower of Babel, are mirrored in other histories of the period, like the Bible. The development of writing in Mesopotamia,can be seen in the clay invoices and cuneiform alphabet used during the Sumer empire to the sophisticated library system created by the Assyrians.
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