Thursday, August 28, 2008
MesopotamiaMesopotamia—the birthplace of civilization. Literally translated from Greek as "between rivers", Mesopotamia encompasses the land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in modern day Iraq. Ironically, the area has been a hub of strife for as long as civilization has existed, and while the combatants may change, the goals remain surprisingly close to their roots. This unit surveys the Sumerian, Assyrian and Babylonia civilizations and introduces technological and cultural firsts such as the wheel and written language. That aside, to learn a little more about how it was back then, this site from the British Museum offers a Mess o' Info about Mesopotamia. The British have been mucking about it the Middle East for a long time and they have the artifacts to prove it. .
BBC World News
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