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What geographical features defined the location of Mesopotamia?

situated between the Tigris and the Euphrates Rivers

How long has Mesopotamia been inhabited?

nearly 12,000 years

What factors made Mesopotamia ideal for agriculture to develop and thrive?

stable climate, rich soil and steady supply of fresh water

What were some of the world's first cities that blossomed from agricultural settlements in Mesopotamia?


What empires were formed from the city states in Mesopotamia?

Akkadian Empire, Assyria, Babylon

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Mesopotamia: The Cradle of Civilization

  • Mesopotamia, situated between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, is the birthplace of writing, astronomy, and law, and the foundation of civilization.
  • The region, encompassing modern-day Iraq, Kuwait, and Syria, has been inhabited for nearly 12,000 years.
  • Mesopotamia's stable climate, rich soil, and steady supply of fresh water made it an ideal location for agriculture to develop and thrive.

The Rise of Cities

  • Around 6,000 years ago, agricultural settlements rapidly transformed into some of the world's first cities.
  • Between 4,000 and 3,100 BC, Mesopotamia was characterized by a constellation of competing city-states.

The Akkadian Empire and its Successors

  • The city-states eventually unified under the Akkadian Empire.
  • Following the Akkadian Empire's decline, the region broke apart, forming the empires of Assyria and Babylon.
  • Despite near-constant warfare, Mesopotamia continued to foster innovation and development.

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