The Rise of Early Civilizations
By the early fourth millennium B.C., the population of the Tigris - Euphrates
increased; and city-states arose. By 2000 BC the cities of Sumer
had grown so large that some like Ur, the capital city, had populations
more than 200,000 persons.
the Priest King Hammurabi (ca. 1792
- 1750 BC) united all of Mesopotamia under his forty-three year reign
of Babylon. Although Hammurabi's Code is not the first code of laws
(the first records date four centuries earlier), it is the best preserved
legal document reflecting the social structure of Babylon during Hammurabi's
Code Two hundred eighty-two laws, concerning
a wide variety of abuses, justify Hammurabi's claim of having acted "like
a real father to his people . . . [who] has established prosperity . .
. and (gave) good government to the land."
Yourself The laws were discovered
in 1901 on a stela now in the Louvre
Museum of Paris, France.
Have to Say Every now and then,
I hear from people who enjoy the site. And fortunately, most of the word
TALES If you like this site, you may
also like the folk tales collected by the author while serving as a Peace
Corps Volunteer in Liberia and as a muralist around the world. They are
kid tested and approved by students of all ages.
Yep, free Clip Art by Phillip Martin! Remember,
it really is FREE art for your classroom, newsletters,
or wherever you can
find a non-profit use. Check
back often because it continues to grow
Pppst!! I've teamed up with Don and
Lin Donn of Mr
Donn's Ancient History to start Pete's
Power Point Station. Need to find a Powerpoint presentation on just about
anything? This is where you need to look first. Need lesson plans on ancient
history? Go to Mr. Donn.
by PHILLIP MARTIN They weren't my own
brilliant idea. The murals kind of took on a life of their own because
of the free clip art. It started with an email from Namibia, but now you
never know where I might show up with brush in hand.