History[ edit ] The original homeland of the Kassites is not well-known, but appears to have been located in the Zagros Mountainsin what is now the Lorestan Province of Iran.
Ancient Western Asia and the Civilization of Mesopotamia What is good in a man's sight is evil for a god, What is evil to a man's mind is good for his god. Who can comprehend the counsel of the gods in heaven?
The plan of a god is deep waters, who can fathom of it? Where has befuddled mankind ever learned what is a god's conduct? Before Civilization Between B.
The earliest permanent settlements occurred between B. According to our previous definitions, these societies of Egypt and Ancient Western Asia correspond to what we would call civilization see Lecture 1. Rather than constantly traveling in search of food, people stayed in one region and exploited the seasonal sources of food, including fish, grain, fruits and game.
At a community such as Jericho, people built and rebuilt their mud brick and stone huts rather than moving on as had their ancestors.
In general, these communities began to focus on seasonal food sources and so were less likely to leave in search of new sources. Just why hunters and gatherers in this region of the ancient world turned to agriculture is difficult to say.
And there are a variety of problems associated with this transformation. For one thing, specialization in a relatively small number of plants or animals could spell disaster during times of famine.
Some scholars have argued that agriculture developed out of an increased population and the development of a political hierarchy. In settled communities, infant mortality decreased and life expectancy rose. This change may have occurred since life in a fixed community was less demanding.
The practice of infanticide decreased since children could now be used in rudimentary agricultural tasks. And as population growth put pressure on the local food supply, gathering activities required more coordination and organization and led eventually to the development of political leadership.
Settlements began to encourage the growth of plants such as barley and lentils and the domestication of pigs, sheep and goats. People no longer looked for their favorite food sources where they occurred naturally. Now they introduced them into other locations.
An agricultural revolution had begun. The ability to domesticate goats, pigs, sheep and cattle and to cultivate grains and vegetables changed human communities from passive harvesters of nature to active partners with it.
The ability to expand the food supply in one area allowed the development of permanent settlements of greater size and complexity.
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Jericho grew into a fortified town complete with ditches, stone walls, and towers and contained perhaps residents. Although agriculture resulted in a stable food supply for permanent communities, the revolutionary aspect of this development was that the community could bring what they needed natural resources plus their tool kit to make a new site inhabitable.
This development made it possible to create larger communities and also helped to spread the practice of agriculture to a wider area. The presence of tools and statues made of stone not available locally indicates that there was also some trading with distant regions.
Agricultural society brought changes in the organization of religious practices as well. Sanctuary rooms decorated with frescoes and sculptures of the heads of bulls and bears shows us that structured religious rites were important to the inhabitants of these early communities.
At Jericho, human skulls were covered with clay in an attempt to make them look as they had in life suggesting that they practiced a form of ancestor worship. Bonds of kinship that had united hunters and gatherers were being supplemented by religious organization, which helped to regulate the social behavior of the community.
We see men herding horses and driving horse-drawn chariots.
These practices had emerged more than fifteen hundred years earlier in Mesopotamia, a desert plain stretching to the marshes near the mouths of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. Chariots symbolized a dynamic and expansive phase in western culture.
Constructed of wood and bronze and used for transport as well as for warfare, the chariot is symbolic of the culture of early river civilizations, the first civilizations in Ancient Western Asia. Mesopotamian Civilization The history and culture of Mesopotamian civilization is inextricably connected to the ebb and flow of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers see map.
The earliest communities developed to the north but since rainfall in that area was so unpredictable, by B. The economy of these communities was primarily agricultural and approximately people lived in these permanently established villages. The alluvial plain in southern Mesopotamia "land between the rivers" was far more fertile than the north but because there was little rainfall, irrigation ditches had to be constructed.
Furthermore, the river beds of the Tigris and Euphrates rise and fall with the seasons and they change their course unpredictably. Southern Mesopotamia also had its share of flash floods which could destroy crops, livestock and village homes.Kassite dynasty of the Babylonian Empire; circa BC — circa BC: The Babylonian Empire under the Kassites, c.
13th century BC.. Capital: Dur-Kurigalzu: Common languages: Kassite language.
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The Code of Hammurabi is a well-preserved Babylonian code of law of ancient Mesopotamia, dated back to about BC (Middle Chronology). It is one of the oldest deciphered writings of significant length in the world.
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