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By Thomas F. X. Noble, Barry Strauss, Duane Osheim, Kristen Neuschel, Elinor Accampo

Western Civilization, 5/e, is wonderful for its wider definition of Europe that incorporates japanese Europe, Scandinavia, and ecu frontiers. spotting that components outdoor the continent affected ecu historical past, the authors spotlight Europe's position on this planet in the course of the narrative and within the fundamental resource characteristic, "The international Record." rigorously revised and edited for larger accessibility, the 5th variation accommodates new pedagogical positive factors similar to concentration questions, key words, and part summaries to raised help scholars of western civilization. The reconceived narrative and streamlined organization--featuring smaller, extra cohesive studying units--lend to larger ease of use for either scholars and teachers.

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C. in Mesopotamia. The growth of writing from simple recordkeeping can be traced step by step. Before writing, Mesopotamian people used tiny clay or cuneiform First writing system in Mesopotamia, consisting of wedge-shaped impressions in soft clay. C. papyrus Paperlike writing material used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. Made primarily in Egypt from the papyrus plant, it was durable, flexible, and easy to write on. Origins, to ca. C. 1 13 Early Mesopotamian Writing The pictographs of early writing evolved into a system of phonetic syllables and abstract symbols.

Yet the cities often quarreled, often over farmland boundaries or water rights. Each city had its own urbanized area and a larger agricultural hinterland irrigated by canals. Cities traded with one another and with the outside world. , Sumerian citystates were an incubator of civilization. A history of Sumerian government begins in the Early Dynastic Period, because good evidence for earlier times is lacking. Certainly the first Sumerian temples were wealthy and powerful. Each city had at least one temple, the house of its patron god and the common symbol of the community.

The overall direction of the code, however, was patriarchal: it enshrined the power of the male head of the family. HAMMURABI’S CODE The Sumerians were polytheists—that is, they had many gods—and their gods (like the later gods of Greece) were anthropomorphic, or human in form. Indeed, Sumerian (and Greek) gods were thought to be much like human beings, by turns wise and foolish, except that they were immortal and superpowerful. Many Sumerian gods arose out of the forces of nature: An, the sky-god; Enki, the earth-god and freshwater-god; Enlil, the air-god; Nanna, the moon-god; and Utu (Semitic, Shamash), the sun-god.

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