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Polytheism
The Belief in many gods
scribe
a person who writes
Innovations
a new way of doing things
Monotheism
a belief in one god
Ziggurat
A huge mud,brick temple built by the ancient sumerians
Wheel
invintion of round wood pieces rounded and covered with pieces of copper
Wheeled cart
cart with wheels used to move heavy things and pulled by an animal
Dikes
dikes were built to hold flooding rivers in their banks.
Canals
Carried extra water back to the rivers after floods.
agriculural Revolution
The importance of agriculture
Writing
one of the sumarians greatest inovations because of the need to keep records
Cuneiform
the sumarians writing system
system of wedged shaped symbols.
wedge shaped symbols
the symbols that made up the cuneiform writing system.
Clay Tabelets
soft clay tablets that sumarians used to write on
Stylus
The writing tool that was a pointed reed.
Scribe
person who wrote things for others
City-State
a city or village and the farmlands around it. Had its own government
Monarchy
The new government in which one person had complete authority.
Nomad
a person who wonders from place to place
Surplus
extra supply
Mesopotamia
The land between the rivers
Fertile crescent
Eastern shore of mediteranian sw asia and curves around the syrian desert and reaches the persian gulf.
Sumer
one of the earliest cities to develop in the mesopotamia region
Tigris
One the rivers at the eastern end of the fertile crescent.
Euphrates
One of the rivers at the eastern end of the fertile crescent. Used to water crops
Birthplace of civilization
fertile crescent
Civilization
centralized society with developed forms of religion, ways of govering and learning
Domesticate
to adopt or make fit for domestic use.
Social Class
groups with differant levels of importance
Alphabet
the symbols that are used in a writing system
Mondern Day Countries in mesopotamia
Isreal, Iraq, Iran, Lebadon, Syria, Kuwait.