Essay on Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, And Ancient Greece

1284 Words Jun 13th, 2016 6 Pages
Particularly before the Common Era, access to water was a key necessity for the settlement of civilizations. Since transportation was commonly by foot, living a long distance from a body of water could prove difficult as it is needed for drinking and farming, among other things. Even if the water source is not clean, it can still be used to make alcohol which would be sterilized and safe to drink for survival. Ancient civilizations would settle close to water and make various innovations and establish trading bases. This is demonstrated largely in the societies of Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, and Ancient Greece. Mesopotamians settled between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and developed into a civilization known for several inventions and trading. The Egyptians settled along the Nile River, which proved beneficial for farming, inventions, and trade. Greece was established close to the Aegean and Mediterranean seas where they could easily fish for food and trade with others. All three of these ancient societies represent examples of how the access to water was a necessity in the development of civilizations before the Common Era.
Mesopotamians settled in the Fertile Crescent between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers which branched out from the Persian Gulf. The rivers were influential in Mesopotamian society as the deltas created good farmland for settlement, the flooding of the rivers led to inventions to develop the society, and the rivers themselves acted as a trade…

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