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River Valley Civilization - Mesopotamia

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Urban Focus
Tigris/Euphrates
city-states
Political & Military Structure
priest-kings --> military leader (each city)
Social Structure Based on Wealth
nobilities -> common people -> slaves
Growth of Trade
wealthy want what workers make
Religious Structure
polytheistic
no afterlife
Gilgamesh
Development of Writing
record keeping - pictograph
cuneiform - wedge shaped writing
Artistic & Intellectual Activity
temples, palaces
developed geometry
ziggurat - steps to Gods (religious)