Ancient Egypt And Ancient Civilizations Essay

809 Words Jan 21st, 2016 4 Pages
With the Agricultural Revolution came the flourishing of many ancient civilizations. Two of these civilizations, the ancient Mesopotamians and the ancient Egyptians have provided modern day historians to uncover what life was like during these times. While these two have similar beginnings and locations, there are major differences between the two early civilizations. While both civilizations are nested near rivers which allow their agricultural lifestyles to flourish, Egypt has one advantage over ancient Mesopotamia, the sea. Being surrounded by the Red and Mediterranean seas, Egypt is provided with a natural defense from their enemies. Unfortunately for Mesopotamia, the lack of these defenses leaves them open for invaders. The one benefit of their physical connections with neighboring civilizations is easier trade of agricultural goods. Mesopotamia thrives on their grains. In order to maintain their crops, Mesopotamians came up with the concept of irrigation. Because the two rivers they were nestled in between, the Tigris and Euphrates, were so unpredictable, Mesopotamians created channels to hold their waters to prevent the loss of their crops. The Egyptians, on the other hand, had the opposite problems. While their fertile land was only a small band on either side of the Nile River, the predictable flooding allowed farmers to map out when and where crops would grow the best. With these calculated advancements, the Egyptians did not have to worry about how much food…

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