Early Civilizations : Ancient Civilizations

830 Words Sep 18th, 2015 4 Pages
LeAndra Reed
Dr. Houck, History 2311
September 18, 2015
Early Civilization
All civilizations, whether old or new, strive for advancement. In order to advance, certain techniques and characteristics have to be combined and manipulated to achieve this progression. “A civilization is a complex culture in which large numbers of human beings share a variety of common elements.” Examples of these early civilizations that used similar characteristics to flourish were the Sumerians in Mesopotamia and the Egyptians in Egypt. A civilization is formed by several characteristics. The most important being the need for a sufficient group of people. Next would be a central place for these people to congregate. These structures typically would be used for religious purposes as well as a place to delegate how the societies would operate. People in these early civilizations would typically live closer to the central structure. This is turned led to the creation of writing to record and communicate between people of these early societies. In these early civilizations, people relied heavily on their neighbors and would work together to keep prospering. Early examples of these characteristics forming a civilization would be in Mesopotamia and Egypt civilizations.
Mesopotamia was an area between “the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Southwest Asia.” Mesopotamia received little rainfall yet lands were plentiful and rich. The overflow of the bordering rivers would bring in “fertile silt” to…
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