Mesopotamian Society : Ancient Egypt And Greece

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Civilizations like Egypt and Greece have received their due acknowledgment by society, it is however Mesopotamia that often does not get there just recognition for their contributions to civilization as we know it. In this paper, we will reflect on Mesopotamian society in hopes to illuminate its significance to the constructs of western society. In order to fully appreciate what Mesopotamia has contributed, it should be understood how exactly it was formed. Years before any dynasty, people lived in small groups as hunters and gatherers. As time progressed, so did ideas of functionality and order. At this time most people relied on religion to explain why certain things occurred. Thus, cities were built around religious shrines…show more content…
They often traded with other regions to gain resources like stone from Greece or wood from Egypt. The climate, weather varying between a dry and wet season, had much to do with the success of the crop, but it also posed issues for the inhabitants. Because of this vulnerability people often look to gods and priest-like figures to stabilize the climate. Their religious and created larger communities with designated tasks that would benefit the entire community banded people together. Wheat was in abundance and this gave the people food security. Developing farming and storage techniques the reliable food source eventually leads the once nomadic people to opt for a more sedentary lifestyle. For these people, the idea of settling in one place was a new concept and they did their best to exploit this living situation. They soon understood that the seeds of wheat had the ability to be stored. Storage became vital to their survival. The ability to store food made it so that they would not have to search for food within a couple of days of a hunt. Unlike animal meat that spoils quickly, wheat was able to be stored for months on end. Realizing the value in the crop, they remained where it was in great supply. From then onward communities grew, as there had been more food to go around. The sedentary life afforded the Mesopotamians the time to develop skills. This allowed them to create better technology that ultimately made their lives easier than before.
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