World History Ch. 2

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Hittites
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the first Indo-Europeans to make use of iron
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theocracy
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a government by divine authority
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judaism
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the religion of the israelites
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phoenicians
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used 22 signs to represent the sounds of their speech
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cuneiform
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“wedge-shaped” writing
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persians
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ruled by Cyrus the Great
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sumerians
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creators of the first mesopotamian civilaztion
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assyrians
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used terror as an instrument of warfare
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the Black Land
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fertile egyptian land
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empire
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a large political unit or state, usually under a single leader, that control many peoples on territories
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the code of hammurabi
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a collection of laws for mesopotamian society
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the pyrmaids
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built in the time of the old kingdom
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city-states
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basic units of sumierian civilization
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patriatchal
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dominated by men
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abundance of food
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enabled the emergence of civilization
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assyrians
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established one of the worlds first libraries
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kingdom of israel
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“ten lost tribes”
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akkadians
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semitic people living north of sumerians
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polytheistic
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believing in many gods
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persians
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created the largest empire the world had yet seen and established satrapies to administer

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