By Sharpe, Caleb
Task 1: the geographer
Miles:6372.69Kinda far huh? Who's ready to jog? And swim? Climb mountains? Cross deserts? Nearly die of starvation? Exhaustion? If you are up for the challenge contact me!!!
Task 2: historian
These are a few of Hammurabi's laws that have been translated by Yale's law school. These are some very interesting ones to me.
38. A chieftain, man, or one subject to quit-rent can not assign his tenure of field, house, and garden to his wife or daughter, nor can he assign it for a debt.
39. He may, however, assign a field, garden, or house which he has bought, and holds as property, to his wife or daughter or give it for debt.
40. He may sell field, garden, and house to a merchant (royal agents) or to any other public official, the buyer holding field, house, and garden for its usufruct.
41. If any one fence in the field, garden, and house of a chieftain, man, or one subject to quit-rent, furnishing the palings therefor; if the chieftain, man, or one subject to quit-rent return to field, garden, and house, the palings which were given to him become his property.
42. If any one take over a field to till it, and obtain no harvest therefrom, it must be proved that he did no work on the field, and he must deliver grain, just as his neighbor raised, to the owner of the field.
Would any of you like to hear the story of Gilgamesh? I have some knowledge of this subject. Here is one of his story's. Gilgamesh was a king to the mesopotamians. He was half god half human. With his power he could win every game, defeat all armies, have the most power ever, but he still wasn't satisfied. He was bored nothing challenged him. He prayed to the gods to give him excitement and no longer be bored. His request was answered. The gods sent him a challenge that was very difficult. They sent another man half human half god to attack. They wrestled for hours, days, and weeks. They somehow during the time accepted each other and became really good friends. That is one of the few tales of Gilgamesh.
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This is Mesopotamia back then
This is Sumer and the Akkad empire. This was a few decades after the first map.
This is present day Mesopotamia. Now called Baghdad Iraq.
Almost done! Hope I still have your attention!
Task 3: the archeologist
Task 4: the Archeologist
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the only one of the wonders could not even be real. They were purportedly built in the ancient city state of Babylon which is near present-day Al Hillah, in Iraq. The Hanging Gardens was not the only one of the Ancient Wonders of the World in Babylon; the city walls and the obelisk attributed to Queen Semiramis were also featured in Ancient Wonders of the World. Did you know that you can spell out your name in cuneiform? Mine is over there! ⬆ Cuneiform is a writing style using pictographs that was devolved by the Mesopotamians. Here are some of the classes in Mesopotamia: The Priests:
The priests were very important. They were in charge of making sure everybody behaved in a way that would make the gods happy. The Upper Class: Men and women wore jewelry such as rings. Men wore skirts and had long hair, mustaches, and long beards. Women wore dresses that were off one shoulder. They had long hair, which they braided or wore up in fancy arrangements. The Lower Class: The lower class did not have the luxury lifestyle of the rich although they were comfortable. They worked very hard, but they had homes. They wore jewelry but it was not normally made of gold. The Slaves: The slaves were captured when Mesopotamians raided other cities. They brought back prisoners and made them slaves. ZIGGURATS: Ziggurats were temples. Like a lot of the people back then the Sumerians believed that powerful gods lived in the sky. They built humungous structures called ziggurats they had steps climbing up to the top. From the top of the Ziggurat, you could see the protective wall built about the entire town and above the wall to the farmlands beyond. Formal religious ceremonies were held at the very top. All year long though people left offerings of food and wine on the steps of the ziggurats. One of the jobs of the priests was to enjoy these offerings, because as everyone knew, the gods could not eat for themselves. I personally think that the priests got it easy since they get free food. A Ziggurat was built in the center of each town. It was the center of daily life except for festivals which for the most part were normally gloomy things, the Ziggurat courtyard was filled with joyous and busy life.
Task 4: continued
Here are some inventions made by mesopotamians: The Wheel: Up till now, it is still a mystery as to who invented the wheel and when the wheel was invented! According to archeologists, it was probably invented in around 8,000 B.C. in Asia. The oldest wheel known however, was discovered in Mesopotamia and probably dates back to 3,500 B.C.
Checkers: did you know that the game of checkers was invented in Ur? Well it was! Some versions of it now are modified but the original game was invented in Ur. Did you know that the epic of Gilgamesh was the first super hero? He was! It was some very cool stories about him and his friend. They also created cylinder seals! It was shaped like a column but made a whole lot smaller.