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Post  Ophirkes on Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:31 pm


Mesopotamia is known as the place where the earliest civilization developed and was located between the Tigris River and the Euphrates River. Now days, it is located in present day Iraq. Mesopotamia is known for a few things: a land between two rivers, its shape (like a croissant or a crescent), for its fertile soil, its location (near Mediterranean Sea in the Middle East), and for being surrounded by desert. Israel, Egypt, and apart of Syria were all located in Mesopotamia. Due to its moist soil, farming was very successful and there was a lot of food surplus. The very first civilization, also known as Ancient Sumer, had to adapt to the place and to the idea of not being nomadic. There were city-states, and eventually, each had its own monarchy. For messages to be transported from one monarchy to another, they had writing and scribes. Writing was developed in the Sumerian Villages and schools were invented 4,000 years ago in these villages.

Scribes were professional writers who went to school for 12 years to study writing, from the age of eight to the age of twenty. They were the only people who could keep records for kings and priests. Sumerian writing is called Cuneiform and to become a scribe, you had to learn that type of language/writing system. They made wedge impressions on clay tablets, which were then baked in the sun to dry. For the markings that were done on the tablets, Sumerians used a stylus. Over the years, Cuneiform changed and developed; in the beginning it looked like pictographs (only pictures to describe words) and slowly it developed into a sound per letter.

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Post  rosim. on Thu Sep 18, 2014 5:52 pm

Well done Ophir!!
that was a lot of good information that you did about mesopotamia and things about it. it was very interesting to read you blog. Also did you know that the desert that surrounded mesopotamia was a protection so the other didnĀ“t go and invade mesopotamia. also the people used a thing called a plow for the farming wich made it much easier for them to plant the seeds.
good job once again!

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Post  Alianny on Thu Sep 18, 2014 6:11 pm

That was a very interesting text on Mesopotamia and the writing, Cuneiform. It must have been very hard to write in Cuneiform because it takes many years to practice how to write. Mesopotamia is a very interesting topic to talk about because I believe it was a very important land in history and I hope to know more about it. Smile

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Mesopotamia

Post  Roberta2000 on Thu Sep 18, 2014 7:14 pm

Good job Ophir!! Did you know that the dessert that surrounded Mesopotamia was like a natural protection? The dessert made it hard for people to invade because for them to get to Mesopotamia they had to go through the dessert and most of them died. This is why Mesopotamia was in an ideal location. You did an excellent job talking about Mesopotamia and about the Sumerians, it was very interesting, and it is pretty much what we need to know, Good job! Very Happy

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Post  marcosloinaz on Thu Sep 25, 2014 11:18 pm

Very interesting! i did not know that know in days it was modern day Iraq. but did you know that the desert was a kind of barrier for the people not to invade the? The desert was very hard to pass which made it hard for people to enter mesopotamia, many of the people died trying to go through the desert. Very Happy

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