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Ch 1: Mesopotamian, Egyptian & Kush Civilizations

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The lessons in this chapter take you to Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Kush to explore the earliest civilizations in world history. After finishing each lesson, test yourself with the brief quiz.

Mesopotamian, Egyptian & Kush Civilizations - Chapter Summary

Flowing rivers and fertile valleys proved to be an ideal physical location for early settlement. See how the fertile crescent got its name and explore the conditions that fostered the development of early civilization. Trace the beginnings of law, politics and religion. These lessons will cover topics including:

  • The rivers and land attributes of Mesopotamia and Egypt
  • The cradle of civilization
  • Kings of Mesopotamia
  • Hammurabi's Code
  • The rule of Queen Hatshepsut and Ramses the Great
  • Kush and its relationship with Egypt
  • Neo-Babylonian, Neo-Assyrian, and Persian empires

Discover the roots of civilization as our knowledgeable instructors present each topic with entertaining and brief video lessons. Use the written transcript to review key dates, people, and events. Want to review select video topics without watching the entire video again? No problem - each video features a Timeline with video tags. Just click on the topic, and you will jump directly to that point in the video. Don't forget to take the multiple-choice quiz found in each lesson before moving on. And remember, if you have any questions, just send for help. Our subject matter experts are just a click away.

10 Lessons in Chapter 1: Mesopotamian, Egyptian & Kush Civilizations
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Major River Systems of Mesopotamia & Egypt

1. Major River Systems of Mesopotamia & Egypt

Without rivers, the civilizations of Egypt and Mesopotamia might have never existed. Learn more about the role that the Nile River played in Egypt and the Tigris and Euphrates rivers played in Mesopotamia.

How Physical Settings Supported Early Civilizations

2. How Physical Settings Supported Early Civilizations

When determining where to build their first villages, people had to consider many factors. This lesson explores how physical environments affected where the first villages and cities were built.

The Fertile Crescent: Cradle of Civilization

3. 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.

Mesopotamian Kings: History, Politics & Religion

4. Mesopotamian Kings: History, Politics & Religion

Ancient Mesopotamia was a land of chaotic weather and inner turmoil. Religion became a political weapon for fighting among the city-states. This lesson explores the link between religion and politics in the ancient land.

Hammurabi's Code: The Advent of Law, Prerequisites and Implications

5. Hammurabi's Code: The Advent of Law, Prerequisites and Implications

This lecture discusses the need for law and the benefits of a judicial system. Next, it reviews the history of early law codes, like those of Ur-Nammu and Hammurabi. Finally, we look at the implications of law for kings.

Queen Hatshepsut & Ramses the Great of Egypt

6. Queen Hatshepsut & Ramses the Great of Egypt

While the pharaohs of Egypt may have ruled the land along the Nile for thousands of years throughout many dynasties, two names deserve special recognition as perhaps the greatest rulers. Learn more about Ramses the Great and Hatshepsut.

What Is the Kush Civilization?

7. What Is the Kush Civilization?

While they may not get all the attention of other Egyptian neighbors, such as the Persians or Hittites, the Kush were a major factor in many of Egypt's decisions, both regarding trade and warfare. Learn about the Kush in this lesson.

The Kush Civilization & Ancient Egypt

8. The Kush Civilization & Ancient Egypt

While Egypt interacted with many different cultures, its relationship with the Kush was one of the most unique in history. Learn how this civilization not only conquered Egypt for a period of time, but even built their own pyramids.

The Neo-Babylonian & Neo-Assyrian Empires

9. The Neo-Babylonian & Neo-Assyrian Empires

With the arrival of iron, the political landscape of Mesopotamia would change forever. Learn how a metal changed the course of history for the Neo-Assyrians and the Neo-Babylonians in this lesson.

History of the Persian Empire

10. History of the Persian Empire

The Persian Empire has all the great aspects of an amazing story - an unlikely rise to power against an evil king, a ruler who is beloved by his people, and a military that was centuries ahead of its time.

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