The Sumerian language | History, Characteristics, & Facts 0 (0)

Sumerian language, language isolate and the oldest written language in existence. First attested about 3100 bce in southern Mesopotamia, it flourished during the 3rd millennium bce. About 2000 bce, Sumerian was replaced as a spoken language by Semitic Akkadian (Assyro-Babylonian) but continued in written usage almost to the end of the life of the Akkadian…

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Ancient Mesopotamia – The Sumerians 0 (0)

Ancient Mesopotamia and the Sumerians The word Mesopotamia comes from Greek words meaning “land between the rivers.” The rivers are the Tigris and Euphrates. The first settlers to this region did not speak Greek, it was only thousands of years later that the Greek-speaking Alexander the Great, King of Macedonia, conquered this land and carried with him his…

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The Ancient Sumerians | World Civilization 0 (0)

Learning Objective To understand the history and accomplishments of the Sumerian people Key Points The Sumerians were a people living in Mesopotamia from the 27th-20th century BCE. The major periods in Sumerian history were the Ubaid period (6500-4100 BCE), the Uruk period (4100-2900 BCE), the Early Dynastic period (2900-2334 BCE), the Akkadian Empire period (2334…

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The Assyrian Empire 0 (0)

Assyria, in its original geographical and historical sense, was a small triangular-shaped land lying between the Tigris and the Zab Rivers and the Median Mountains. When the Assyrians gained in power and numbers, they soon extended their dominion beyond these very narrow boundaries so that even in early times the name Assyria was carried westward…

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