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That breakthrough came in Mesopotamia. Mesopotamian Civilization What were some of the enduring accomplishments of Mesopotamian civilization? n The origins of Western civilization are generally traced to an area that is today not seen as part of the West: Mesopotamia (mehs-oh-puh-TAY-mee-uh), the Greek name for the land between the Euphrates (you-FRAYteez) and Tigris (TIGH-gris) Rivers. There the arid climate confronted people with the hard problem of farming with scant water supplies. Farmers learned to irrigate their land and later to drain it to prevent the buildup of salt in the soil.

The fellow in charge of silence said: “Why did you talk without permission,” caned me.  The Sumerian system of schooling set the educational standards for Mesopotamian culture; the Akkadians and, later, the Babylonians adopted its practices and techniques. Mesopotamian education always had a practical side because of the economic and administrative importance of scribes. Most scribes took administrative positions in the temple or palace, where they kept records of business transactions, accounts, and inventories.

Prosperity and stable conditions nurtured other innovations and discoveries. Neolithic farmers improved their tools and agricultural techniques. They domesticated bigger, stronger animals, such as the bull and the horse, to work for them. e. The first plows had wooden shares and could break only light soils, but they were far more efficient than stone hoes. e. the wheel had also been invented, and farmers devised ways of hitching bulls and horses to wagons. Using animals and machines to do a greater proportion of the work enabled Neolithic farmers to raise more food more efficiently and easily than ever before.

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