Frequent flooding from two rivers


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Frequent flooding from two rivers



Easy to get to--“Cultural Crossroads”



Easy to get to  easy to invade













How do we know they were very religious?

  • How do we know they were very religious?

    • Size of the Ziggurat (shows importance they placed on religion)
  • Seen as evil place

    • Epic of Gilgamesh
  • How does this compare to the Egyptian view?



Designed buildings!

  • Designed buildings!

  • Invented Modern Day Math

    • All was based on number 6
        • 1 hour = 60 minutes
        • 1 circle = 360 degrees
  • Calendar developed – for crops



Same basic class system for all river valley civilizations

  • Same basic class system for all river valley civilizations



Used Sumerian ideas and created an empire

  • Used Sumerian ideas and created an empire





First written code of law

  • First written code of law

  • Goal?

  • Benefits to written laws?







Analyzing Hammurabi’s Code…

  • Analyzing Hammurabi’s Code…

  • Does the punishment fit the crime?

    • Translate the law—what are they saying?
    • Analyze the law—does the punishment fit the crime?
    • Modify the law—if its not fair, change it!!



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