Mesopotamia as a Civilization

By: Allison D.

Cities

Mesopotamia had several cities and several City-States.

In 3500 B.C. the City-States of Mesopotamia rose.


Organized Government

Religion and Government were closely linked.

Each city believed in a god for every interest that they had.

They believed kings were chosen to carry out the gods wishes.

Complex Religions

If people of the city were enjoying peace and prosperity they believed it was because the gods were pleased.

The people of the city believed in many gods.


Division of Labor

A job that was important was mud brick worker.

Another important job was a trader.

Social Classes

In sumer there was a class system.

A step down from the king society was divided into seven groups: wealthy business people, landowners, and Government workers; artisans and farm workers; and slaves.

These kinds of systems also showed up in later civilizations.


Writing

There was 3 different developments of Cuneiform.

Cuneiform was used for centuries to come.

In 3200 B.C. they invented writing in Sumer.

Art

Some artisans or craftspeople in exchange were paid food.

The artisans were not good with huge stone because they did not have stone with which to work with.

Pottery was traded for food, clothing, and Jewelry.



Public Works

Mesopotamia's top public works were Dams and Dikes these were to control flooding.

Canals were one of the most important public works they were used to bring water to the fields. City walls were to block other army's from attacking.