Wednesday, October 9, 2013 Key Terms/Concepts



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Study Guide: Mesopotamia, and Ancient Egypt

Test is on Wednesday, October 9, 2013



Key Terms/Concepts:

  • Sumer

  • The Epic of Gilgamesh

  • Cuneiform

  • Ziggurats

  • Hierarchy

  • Sargon the Great

  • Naram Sim

  • Babylon, King Hammurabi

  • Codify

  • Criminal law vs civil law

  • Darius

  • Satrap

  • Barter economy vs money economy

  • Phoenicians

  • Cultural diffusion

  • Monotheistic/polytheistic

  • “the gift of the Nile”

  • Cataract

  • Silt

  • Dynasty

  • papyrus

  • Delta

  • Dynasty

  • Hatshepsut

  • Akenaten

  • The Book of the Dead

  • Osiris

  • Mummification

  • Pharaoh

  • Vizier

  • Hieroglyphics

  • Traditional and moral polytheism

  • Rosetta stone

  • Cultural diffusion

Key Understandings:

  • If shown a map of Mesopotamia, and Egypt you should be able to correctly label the following: Lower Egypt, upper Egypt, Asia minor,Mediterranean sea, black sea, Persian gulf, Red sea, Nile River, Tigris and Euphrates river, Sumer, Babylon

  • Review the primary characteristics of a civilization (there are 9)

  • What are the geographic characteristics of Mesopotamia?

  • How did the geography of Meso. shape their development? (positives and negatives for living in this region)

  • How did the rivers shape their views on religion?

  • What type of event was happening in the Epic of Gilgamesh? How did geo. impact their religion?

  • What is the purpose of a government?

  • How was early Sumerian government reflective of a democracy?

  • How did Sumerian kings try to change their status to become more powerful?

  • How did kings use propaganda to increase their power?

  • What types of advancements are credited to the Mesopotamians?

  • How does cuneiform inform us about Sumerian culture?

  • How did Mesopotamians use writing?

  • How did cuneiform influence the development of Mesopotamian society?

  • What were Hammurabi’s laws?

  • Why did people follow his laws?

  • How did Hammurabi respond to criminal/civil disputes? (know the arguments for and against)

  • Why was it important for city states under Babylonian rule to have the same written laws?

  • Besides Sumer and Babylon, what other societies/groups existed in Mesopotamia? You should also know about WHEN they existed. (i.e. did Persians come before the Hittites, etc).

  • How did Persians, Hittites, Assyrians and Phoenicians impact the ancient world? (What did they contribute)? How did Phoenicians improve writing? How did the Phoenicians promote cultural diffusion?

  • How did the deserts and Mediterranean sea impact Ancient Egypt?

  • What was the Egyptians’ attitude towards the Nile? How did this influence their relationship with their religion?

  • Why did people settle near the Nile?

  • How did Egyptians control the flooding?

  • What types of religious beliefs did Egyptians follow?

  • How did moral polytheism influence their behavior?

  • How did religion help Egypt progress architecturally? With engineering? With art? Scientifically?

  • What were the social standings that existed in Ancient Egypt?

  • How was power set up in Ancient Egypt?

  • Why did kings tolerate regional power centers?

  • How did kings limit regional power?

  • What types of advancements were made because of this strict social structure?

  • Be able to describe 1 achievement for each of Egypt’s three kingdoms.

  • How did Akenaten try to alter religious life in Ancient Egypt?’

  • What is balance of power? What is a sphere of influence?

  • How did the quest for spheres of influence affect relations between Hittites and Egyptians?

  • How did leaders try to avoid conflict?



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