By Marvin Perry, Myrna Chase, James Jacob, Margaret Jacob, Theodore H. Von Laue
WESTERN CIVILIZATION, ninth version covers the Western highbrow culture and the importance of its rules inside a political heritage chronology. recognized for its available writing sort, this article appeals to scholars and teachers alike for its brevity, readability, and cautious number of content material together with its better specialise in faith and philosophy. up to date with newer scholarship, the 9th version keeps many renowned good points, together with comparative timelines and full-color maps with actual geography essays. New know-how assets, together with an interactive booklet, make studying extra enticing and guide extra effective.
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Aggressive pharaohs conquered territory that extended as far east as the Euphrates River. From its subject states, Egypt acquired tribute and slaves. Conquests led to the expansion of the bureaucracy, the creation of a professional How manifold are thy works! They are hidden from man’s sight. O sole god, like whom there is no other. ), was an exceptional figure in Egyptian history—a female pharaoh. As the wife of her half brother, Thutmose II, she did not produce a male heir. When Thutmose II died after a threeyear reign, his infant son by a secondary wife inherited the throne.
The pharaoh was a sacrosanct monarch who served as an intermediary between the gods and human beings. Justice was conceived in religious terms, something bestowed by a creator-god. Egyptians appealed to the gods to grant victory in war, provide a bountiful harvest, and protect them from illness and misfortune. The Egyptians developed an ethical code, which they believed the gods had approved. In a number of treatises compiled by high officials, now called Books of Instruction, Egyptians were urged to tell the truth and to treat others fairly.
Achievements of the Sumerians were a system of symbol writing (cuneiform), in which pictograms and signs for numbers were engraved with a reed stylus on clay tablets to represent ideas; elaborate brick houses, palaces, and temples; bronze tools and weapons; irrigation works; trade with other peoples; an early form of money; religious and political institutions; schools; religious and secular literature; varied art forms; codes of law; medicinal drugs; and a lunar calendar. Although they spoke a common language and shared the same customs and gods, the Sumerian city-states engaged in frequent warfare with one another, principally over boundaries and water rights (canals built upriver reduced the water available to the cities downriver).