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Cities and the countryside around them, which were the basic units of Sumerian civilization.
city-state
A massive stepped tower witha temple on top.
ziggurat
A government by divine authority.
theocracy
A large politicial unit or state, usually under a single leader, that controls many people or territories.
empire
A form of society dominated by men.
Patriarchal
A belief in many gods.
Polytheistic
The Sumerian system of writing ("wedged-shaped")
Cuneiform
A family of rulers whose right to rule is passed on within the faimly.
Dynasty
The most common title of Egyptian monarchs.
Pharaoh
An administrative organization with officials and regualr procedures.
bureaucracy
The official in charge of the government bureaucracy in ancient Egypt.
vizier
A process of slowly drying a dead body to prevent it from rotting
mummification
the Greek name for the earliest Egyptian writing.
hieroglyphics
A simplified version of hieroglyphics that was used for business transactions, record keeping, and the general needs of daily life in Egypt.
hieratic script