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Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent . The Fertile Crescent. The Fertile Crescent. An area of fertile land in Western Asia and North Africa Mesopotamia : “The Land Between the Rivers” Tigris River and the Euphrates River. Life in Mesopotamia.

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Mesopotamia and the fertile crescent

Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent



The fertile crescent1
The Fertile Crescent

  • An area of fertile land in Western Asia and North Africa

  • Mesopotamia: “The Land Between the Rivers”

    • Tigris River and the Euphrates River


Life in mesopotamia
Life in Mesopotamia

  • Basic government run by CITY-STATES: cities that have political and economic control over surrounding area

  • Cities were centered around the ziggurat, a massive stepped tower that served as the temple

  • Mesopotamia is a THEOCRACY: a government ruled by divine authority or God



Religion in mesopotamia
Religion in Mesopotamia

  • Mesopotamians were POLYTHEISTIC: they believed in many gods

  • Scribes developed one of the earliest systems of writing called cuneiform: a system of wedge-shaped markings

  • Scribes also developed a system of mathematics based on the number 60