Ancient Mesopotamia
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CUNEIFORM TABLET
Picture Illustrated by: Nicolas Peruzzo

Ancient Mesopotamia’s civilization was located in an area between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, which developed circa 5900 BCE and ended circa 600 CE.

Ancient Mesopotamia
click on map above~geography of ancient Mesopotamia

Cuneiform writing was one of the earliest writing languages developed by humankind circa 3500 BCE in ancient Mesopotamia. Scribes used a reed stylus as the writing instrument to record information on clay tablets. The reed stylus left a wedge shape mark in the clay.

CUNEIFORM WRITING
click on the writing above~cuneiform writing

Hammurabi was a powerful ruler of ancient Mesopotamia from 1792-1750 BCE. He helped establish a common law known as the "eye for an eye law." According to the Code of Hammurabi, if a man damaged another man's eye, the man who damaged the eye must have his eye damaged as well. The punishment was the same as the crime.

KING HAMMURABI
click on Hammurabi's picture above~CODE OF HAMMURABI

 

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