Contrasting Aegean and Mesopotamian Societies

The Minoans, the Mycenaeans, the Egyptians, the Mesopotamians – all were great civilizations, but no civilization is the same. Change can be expected, as these civilizations arose in very different environments. As a result of evolving in very different places, the civilizations that developed had some similarities but quite a few differences. The Minoan and […]

Mesopotamia, Egypt and Hebrews

Mesopotamia and Egypt are known as the “place of the first civilization” followed by the Hebrews. These three societies traded extensively, but there was a difference in economic area. Mesopotamia was more productive of technological improvements, because their environment was more difficult to manage than the Nile valley. Trade contacts were more extensive, and the […]

Sumerian Ziggurats

Were monumental structures created in the antique Mesopotamian valley and western Iranian plateau, with the form of a terraced step pyramid of consecutive receding stories or levels. The earliest ziggurats started by the end of the Early Dynastic Period. The latest Mesopotamian ziggurats date from the 6th century BC. The purpose of these structures was […]

Political Systems of Mesopotamia & The Nile River Valley

For most of its long history, Egyptian government was led by the Pharaoh, a semi-divine king. Powerful dynasties ensured the continuance of prosperity, interrupted only during brief periods of civil conflict and the beginning of outside invasions at the end of the Middle Kingdom. Mesopotamia, however, began as a series of city-states, self governing and […]

World History Chapter

1. What was the Mesopotamian view of the afterlife? Life and human fortune was very instable in Mesopotamians’ eyes. People just observed death and afterlife from a distance and some made them into a series of myths. For instance, “The Epic of Gilgamesh” expresses its idea on eventual death. No matter how hard Gilgamesh tries […]

Mesopotamia Civilization

Mesopotamia, the birthplace of civilization, comes with an overwhelmingly rich history. Due to its wealth in contributions to many religions and ethnic groups and its strong religious influence in the area, the history behind Mesopotamia comes with a lot of stories. “No development has been more momentous, or fraught with consequence, than the emergence of […]

Ritual Practices in Neolithic Levant, Mesopotamia, Near East

Throughout Mesopotamian history humans found ways of relating to the world through the environment and supernatural entities. When we study the relationship Mesopotamians had with their world, we see a symbolic system of communication that developed from ideology and belief systems. These symbolic systems of communication can be called “rituals”, which were created differently in […]

Mesopotamia and Egypt

Many societies were very similar in their early development. While some trade between cultures was evident, these advancements primarily evolved in parallel. However, environmental determinism led to some differences between societies. A perfect example of this is Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt. While Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt were both environmentally determined river societies that relied on […]

Design Style in Mesopotamia, Egypt and Greece

Alongside with the rise of great civilizations around the globe, quality of living also improved especially to denote the class in the society where a person belongs. The more sophisticated the style or design of your house, the wealthier and the more influential you are in the society during the ancient times. The intricate and […]


The rise of Egypt and Mesopotamia occurred at about the same time. Although Egypt and Mesopotamia were influenced by a religious leader and had similar forms of writing, motivation from Egypt came from climate and religious factors, while Mesopotamia was made up of a group of city-states and different religious factors in the 4000 and […]

Themes in U.S. & World History

Assessing how environmental and geographical factors, such as location and availability of resources have affected and continue to affect the development, distribution, and diffusion of the human race over time is intriguing. There are several examples of how society’s start and why. One example is the site of ancient Mesopotamia, the birthplace of the world’s […]

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