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Early Civilizations. WHI. 3 (A,B,C,D, & E). Essential Understanding. During the New Stone Age, permanent settlements appeared in river valleys and around the Fertile Crescent. River valleys provided water and rich soil for crops as well as protection from invasion .

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early civilizations

Early Civilizations

WHI. 3 (A,B,C,D, & E)

essential understanding
Essential Understanding
  • During the New Stone Age, permanent settlements appeared in river valleys and around the Fertile Crescent.
  • River valleys provided water and rich soil for crops as well as protection from invasion.
river valley civilizations about 3500 to 500 b c b c e
River valley civilizations (about 3500 to 500 B.C. [B.C.E.])
  • Mesopotamian civilization: Tigris and Euphrates River Valleys (Southwest Asia)
  • Egyptian civilization: Nile River Valley and Nile Delta (Africa)
  • Indian civilization: Indus River Valley
  • (South Asia)
  • Chinese civilization: Huang He Valley
  • (East Asia)
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These river valleys offered rich soil and irrigation water for agriculture, and they tended to be in locations easily protected from invasion by nomadic peoples.

other early civilizations about 2000 to 500 b c b c e
Other early civilizations (about 2000 to 500 B.C.[B.C.E.])
  • Hebrews settled between the Med. Sea and the Jordan River Valley (part of FertileCrescent in Southwest Asia).
  • Phoenicians settled along the Med. coast (part of Fertile Crescent in Southwest Asia).
  • Nubia was located on the upper (southern) Nile River (Africa).
essential understandings
Essential Understandings
  • River valleys were the “Cradles of Civilization.”
development of social patterns
Development of social patterns
  • Hereditary rulers: Dynasties of kings, pharaohs
  • Rigid class system where slavery was accepted
development of political patterns
Development of political patterns
  • World’s first states (i.e., city-states, kingdoms, empires)
  • Centralized government, often based on religious authority
  • Written law codes
  • e.g., Ten Commandments,
  • Code of Hammurabi
development of economic patterns
Development of economic patterns
  • Use of metal (e.g., bronze, iron) tools and weapons
  • Increasing agricultural surplus:
    • Better tools, plows, irrigation
  • Increasing trade along rivers and by sea (Phoenicians)
  • Development of the world’s first cities
  • Development of slavery
development of religious traditions
Development of religious traditions
  • Polytheism was practiced by most early civilizations.
  • Monotheism was practiced by the Hebrews.
  • Religion was a major part of life in all early civilizations.
language and writing
Language and writing
  • Pictograms: Earliest written symbols
  • Hieroglyphics: Egypt
  • Cuneiform: Sumer
  • Alphabet: Phoenicia
essential understanding1
Essential Understanding
  • Language and writing were important cultural innovations.
  • ……Duh!
mesopotamia
Mesopotamia
  • Greek for “Between the rivers” (Tigris and Euphrates)
  • 3 Regions
      • Sumer
      • Babylonia
      • Assyria
sumer
Sumer
  • Written Language Cuneiform
  • Became dominant region due to irrigation
            • Increased food supply
    • Built world’s first cities
babylon and king hammurabi
Babylon and King Hammurabi
  • Hammurabi’s Code – most extensive and earliest code of laws known
  • “Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth”
  • If you steal…
  • If you spy…
assyria and nebuchadnezzar
Assyria and Nebuchadnezzar
  • The Hanging Gardens
contributions
Contributions
  • Cuneiform writing (Sumerian)
            • Wedge-shaped writing

2. Epic of Gilgamesh

        • King Gilgamesh and Enkidu’s adventures
        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMSsosBfkg8