You’ve probably heard of “The Fertile Crescent” and “The Cradle of Civilization”, but do you know they’re both inspired by one place? Mesopotamia is a fascinating ancient civilization, and if you’re into interesting facts about the first urban civilization, then we’ve got some awesome Mesopotamia facts and printables that will blow your mind!
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Two major rivers – The Tigris River and the Euphrates River system inspired the unique and interesting name Mesopotamia – You’ll find out more about this in our ten interesting facts! Today, Iran, Kuwait, Syria and Southeastern Turkey comprise the ancient region, but the first city in Mesopotamia was Uruk. The city of Ur and the City of Babylon are other noteworthy cities. Mesopotamia was a center for human development and learning in many fields, including law. In fact, the Code of Hammurabi was one of the earliest and most complete written legal codes in history, and it came from, you guessed it, Mesopotamia!
Mesopotamia Facts FOR KIDS
- Mesopotamia is an ancient region between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in the Middle East.
- It is often considered the cradle of civilization because it was one of the world’s earliest centers of human history and the birthplace of the first civilization, the Sumerian civilization.
- The word “Mesopotamia” is formed from the ancient words “meso,” meaning between or in the middle of, and “potamos,” meaning river.
- There were several significant kingdoms and empires in Mesopotamia, including the early Sumerian cities in southern Mesopotamia, the Akkadian Empire established by Sargon of Akkad, the Babylonian Empire with its Code of Hammurabi, the Assyrian Empire in northern Mesopotamia, and the Persian Empire.
- The region is now home to modern-day Iraq, Kuwait, Turkey and Syria.
- The Epic of Gilgamesh, a famous literary work from Mesopotamia, is considered one of the earliest known epic poems in human history, offering insights into the culture and beliefs of the people of Mesopotamia.
- The Babylonian Empire, with its capital in Babylon, was one of the major powers in ancient Mesopotamia and contributed to the region’s rich history and cultural achievements.
- The city of Uruk is often considered one of the first cities in human history. They invented the first writing system called the cuneiform script.
- The ancient civilizations in Mesopotamia made significant contributions to various fields, including mathematics, astronomy, and literature, influencing the modern world.
- The Assyrian Empire, known for its military prowess, was one of the prominent ancient civilizations in northern Mesopotamia and the greater Middle East.
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Bonus Mesopotamia Facts:
- The Code of Ur-Nammu is the oldest law code yet found in Mesopotamia.
- The Persian Gulf played a major role in the development of Mesopotamia.
- Most writing from ancient Mesopotamia is on clay tablets.
- Ancient Mesopotamians settled on the fertile land and grew crops.
- To the east, Mesopotamia is bordered by the Zagros Mountains.
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How much fun did you have discovering more about the ancient City of Mesopotamia? Our wonderful world is a fascinating place with an amazing history!