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Ch 3: History of Mesopotamia

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Study the history of Mesopotamia with this chapter. You'll be able to find out about the cultures, wars and religions of the peoples who lived in this area.

History of Mesopotamia - Chapter Summary

Access this chapter to learn more about the history of Mesopotamia. Study the periods that marked this region's history, as well as the civilizations who made their home in this area. Viewing these lessons will help you improve what you know about:

  • Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent
  • Sumer and the beginnings of writing
  • The Old Sumerian Period and the Neo-Sumerian Period
  • Art, culture and religion in the Akkadian civilization
  • The Babylonians, Hitties, Hurrians and Assyrians

Experts in the field of history designed this chapter to help you improve your understanding of this subject. Our lessons are offered in video and transcript form, allowing you to study ancient Mesopotamia however you'd like.

7 Lessons in Chapter 3: History of Mesopotamia
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Mesopotamia: The First Civilization

1. Mesopotamia: The First Civilization

In this lesson, we explore the beginning of one of the oldest civilizations in the world, Mesopotamia. We specifically discuss the factors that encouraged settlement in the region.

Sumer's Protoliterate Period & the Origin of Writing

2. Sumer's Protoliterate Period & the Origin of Writing

In this lesson, we explore the Sumerian development of writing and the important cultural factors that led to its usage, as well as some of the practices in which it was quickly utilized. After, feel free to test yourself on the brief quiz.

Old Sumerian Period: Wars & Expansion

3. Old Sumerian Period: Wars & Expansion

In this lesson, we explore the Old Sumerian Period, a period of Mesopotamian history where the growth of prosperous city-states led to intermittent periods of warfare.

The Fertile Crescent: Cradle of Civilization

4. The Fertile Crescent: Cradle of Civilization

Complex civilization wasn't always the norm. In this lesson, we are going to check out the origins of civilization as we know it, and see where, when, and how this new system of living first began.

Akkadian Civilization: Culture, Art & Religion

5. Akkadian Civilization: Culture, Art & Religion

In this lesson, we explore the Akkadian empire of ancient Sumer. Possibly the first 'empire' to ever exist in the ancient world, Akkadian kings dominated Sumer for over a century.

Neo-Sumerian Period: Lifestyle, Peace & Prosperity

6. Neo-Sumerian Period: Lifestyle, Peace & Prosperity

In this lesson, we explore the Neo-Sumerian Period, a relatively short period in Sumerian history but one of immense economic and cultural growth and prosperity.

Heirs of the Sumerians: Babylonians, Hittites, Hurrians and Assyrians

7. Heirs of the Sumerians: Babylonians, Hittites, Hurrians and Assyrians

This lecture covers the history of Mesopotamia from the disintegration of the Sumerian Empire to the great Bronze Age collapse. We'll explore the destructive force of the Elamites and the Hittites as well as the imperial ambitions of the Babylonians, the Mittani and the Assyrians.

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