Characteristics Of A Successful Civilization Essay

1303 Words Jan 27th, 2016 null Page
The first primitive civilizations had unique ways of accomplishing tasks, yet all of them shared many of the same characteristics when managing these tasks. Each of them produced agriculture, formed religions, developed technologies, and established governments. Even modern civilizations have adopted characteristics from societies such as the Mesopotamian civilization. Although these civilizations did not use the same traditions when forming the basis of their culture, there are many similarities in the way they thrived in the world. One of the most important aspects of a successful civilization is their ability to thrive in agricultural production. Civilizations that were based in Mesopotamia had a great agricultural advantage because the land they were on was extremely fertile and they had two great sources of water: the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Soon after 6000 B.C.E, early Mesopotamian cultivators realized the potential of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and began to build reservoirs and canals to manipulate water in order to irrigate their crops. In Mesopotamia, many citizens farmed fields of barley, wheat, and peas, while Egyptians primarily focused on legumes because of their use in increasing soil fertility and their high protein content. The second civilization to learn to manipulate water was the Egyptians, who started to successfully irrigate crops in 3500-4000 B.C.E. Egyptians achieved national unity among their societies a millennium before Mesopotamian…

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