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1What is the best way to enforce laws? River CitiesRise and Fall of SumerHow did the first civilizations use religion and government to organize people to control nature?What is the best way to enforce laws?
2How do you get people to work together on complicated tasks? Unit Two: SumerThe Problem:How do you get people to work together on complicated tasks?In this class we have a complicated task. We have much to learn so that everyone is prepared to go out in the world and work to make it a better place. You will share the world with everyone in this room. Each of you need to know that you can rely on everyone else in here to do their part.How do we make sure that people do not distract one another, and that all learning is completed?
3~4000 bc Neolithic farming villages in Mid East began to fail. Lesson 1: People had to work together to control nature.~4000 bc Neolithic farming villages in Mid East began to fail.People left highlands and congregated in the river valleys where there was more waterThe first cities developed in Sumer, an area of Mesopotamia. “Land between the rivers”, Tigris and Euphrates.Before they could build their cities though, they had to learn how to change the environment to control flooding.From village to cityControlling the Rivers
5Using evidence from this picture: what are all of the ways the Sumerians altered the environment to help them survive in this area?What sort of things need to be organized and enforced in order to build and maintain these changes?
6Rise and Fall Concepts: Review Slide: Lesson 1Historical Literacy: Record the definition for the following words in your Historical Literacy Sheet in your packet when you review your notes tonight.Fertile Crescent Mesopotamia LeveesRise and Fall Concepts:1. Why did Neolithic farmers have to leave their land and move into the river valleys?2. What advantages does a river give? What problems do they present?Give me three examples of how the Sumerians changed the environment to better use the river or protect themselves from it.Three examples of things that the government of Sumer would have to control to keep things working.
7A government run by the religion - Sumerian first type of government. Lesson 2: The Sumerians had to organize a more complicated government to control people to control the environment.Sumer civ. was organized into independent cities made up of the actual city and surrounding farmland. Had same culture as neighboring cities, but not the same leaders.A government run by the religion - Sumerian first type of government.All laws, rules and leadership were based on peoples religious beliefs.So – first we need to understand their religious beliefs…City StatesTheocracy
9Sumerian View of their environment Lesson 2: The Sumerians had to organize a more complicated government to control people to control the environment.Sumerian View of their environmentRole of godsSumerian AfterlifeMotivation in LifeTricky, uncontrollable place full of unpredictable floods and droughts that needed a lot of explanation3000+ gods to explain everything in nature. Everything not understood. /Polytheistic = having multiple gods. They are the ones who make the uncontrollable environmentA grey cold place where everyone just kind of wanders aroundKeep the gods happy with sacrifices and offerings so they don’t punish you and you die before you have to.
10Lesson 2: The Sumerians had to organize a more complicated government to control people to control the environment.Responsible for remembering all gods, how to appease them, all rituals , and sacrifices.Priest acted as head of church and a king of the land./ Controls society by making people keep the gods happy and threatening that they’ll punish people who don’t.Made up of all free men/ gave Priest King advice/ chose military leader during times of war.The place where government and religion came together./ Temples to the gods where sacrifices were made and kept./ Dominated center of city. /Trade goods were stored beneath and surrounded by marketsPriestsRole of The Priest KingThe AssemblyZiggurats
13Laws Social Stratification Lesson 2: The Sumerians had to organize a more complicated government to control people to control the environment.LawsSocialStratificationIt was the job of each Priest King to settle disputes and issue punishmentsCivil Laws: Settle disputes over things like ownership. Land, inheritance, legal rights.Criminal Laws: Someone breaks a law.Each Priest King in each city though would do it differently.Developed idea that some jobs of some people made them more important than others.Developed a Hierarchy of jobsPeoples place in the society was reflected in where they lived in the city. Closer to Zig, more important you were.
14How Sumerian Hierarchy was seen in where you live:
15Rise and Fall Concepts: Review Slide: Lesson 2Historical Literacy: Record the definition for the following words in your Historical Literacy Sheet in your packet when you review your notes tonight.Theocracy Polytheistic Ziggurat Hierarchy Priest KingSocial Stratification, Civil Law, Criminal LawRise and Fall Concepts:What is a city state? How does it differ from our modern cities and countries?How did the Sumerians opinion of their gods and afterlife motivate them to do the “right” thing in life?How would a Sumerian Priest King get people to stop using plastic water bottles? How would President Obama do it? Which do you think is more effective?How does a building like a Ziggurat help to organize people and work?Even though farmers produce the very food we eat, why did they become seen as less important?Give an example of a civil law case. Give an example of a Criminal law case.So why would Sumerians want to do what the Priest King told them to do?
16Lesson 3: The Sumerians developed new technologies and resources to help organize their society. Writing~3300 developed a system of writing called cuneiform. Originally developed as a way to record goods coming into the Ziggurat.The writing system changed and developed over time.Because every symbol represented a word, it was very complicated. Over 6000 different symbolsSpecial job of “Scribe” to be able to write.Developed first schools called “Eddubas” to teach people how to be a scribe.Over time, writing could be used to write down all sorts of ideas. Stories like “Gilgamesh” or even write down laws for everyone to know.
18Lesson 3: The Sumerians developed new technologies and resources to help organize their society. BronzeSumerian metal workers learned to melt together copper and tin to create an alloy that was harder than both. Liquid metal could be poured into molds to make all sorts of new tools easier.Bronze made the work of the city much easier. It also made many more resources available.
19Lesson 3: The Sumerians developed new technologies and resources to help organize their society. ArmiesOnce you had bronze, you could equip a larger group of people to be soldiers.Most soldiers at this point were citizen soldiers – not a professional army.Armies are used to protect the resources you have, or to take the ones that you don’t have.One key resource that armies are getting are slaves – or defeated people from other cities.Slaves were used for cheap labor. Most were prisoners of war. They did have rights and were treated humanely.
20Lesson 3: The Sumerians developed new technologies and resources to help organize their society. Toys and GamesWe know that Sumer had a large toy and game industry.This indicates that Sumer had reached a point where people had leisure time.But how does this help organize and control people?
21Review Slide: Lesson 3Historical Literacy: Record the definition for the following words in your Historical Literacy Sheet in your packet when you review your notes tonight.Scribe Cuneiform Gilgamesh EdubbasRise and Fall Concepts:Why did the Sumerians need to create writing? Once they developed it, what other things could they start doing with it? How does this help you control your society?Once you develop metal tools like bronze, what other technologies and institutions can be developed?Why did you have to develop bronze before you could develop armies?How come Sumerians were able to develop games and other forms of entertainment? How does this help your society grow?
22Problem with irrigation Lesson 4: Sumer’s government ordered people to destroy the environment and caused their collapse:Problem with leveesProblem with irrigationGovernment responseLong term consequencesRaises elevation of river/ lowers farmland. Doesn’t replace nutrients with fresh silt. Similar to New OrleansSalinization. Soil and ground water becomes too salty to grow food or to drink. Water logged soil forces salt up to the surface – especially for cities down river. Water left on surface evaporates leaving more salt.Should have left the fields to sit and let salt work its way out, but kings power demanded a large army be fed so they forced farmers to just keep doing the same thing.Soon could only grow Barley, but even that began to fail. Not enough food for population. Illness and disease, decline in population
23Lesson 4: Sumer’s government ordered people to destroy the environment and caused their collapse: AkkadiansAdvantages to being in EmpireDisadvantages2200bc – Sargon I, ruler of Akkad, begins to develop the first Empire.Empire= A collection of political units (city- states) run by the leader of another political unit (Emperor)
25Nomadic Raiders The Amorites Lesson 4: Sumer’s government ordered people to destroy the environment and caused their collapse:By 2000 bc. Nomads from Zagros Mountains were constantly raiding weakened Sumerian cities. No longer in Akkad’s interest to defend them.For 200 years Sumer is independent again – but have to deal with all their environmental problems on their own. Quickly begin to collapse1800bc, conquered by a new Empire out of Babylon. But, by this time most of Sumerian cities had been abandoned. Sumerians are refugees to new cities to the northNomadic RaidersSumerian IndependenceThe Amorites
26What two factors cause salinization, why is it bad for food production Review Slide: Lesson 2:5Historical Literacy: Record the definition for the following words in your Historical Literacy Sheet in your packet when you review your notes tonight.Empire Sargon I SalinizationRise and Fall Concepts:What two problems did the building of levees cause for the soil of SumerWhat two factors cause salinization, why is it bad for food productionHow did Sumer’s government fail to fix the problemHow would life have been better living in Sargon’s Empire?Why didn’t the Akkadians want to hold on to Sumer?Why is it a good thing to be taken over by another empire like the Amorites?