Ancient Sumer

Ancient Sumer
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  • stable food supply
  • Hi my name is Mason and I am studying the the ancient Sumers. The first thing to learn is that to get supplies they used a complex irrigation system!
  • Sumerians also made the plow. The plow is used for tilling or turning soil to prepare it for planting.
  • social structure and government
  • Now to talk about the government. On levels of  importance the priest is the most important because he can "speak to the Gods", and the Gods tell him to rule the people and tell them certain things.
  • Merchants and artisans were in the middle class. They engineered tools like the plow and the wheel. 
  • The kings start and maintain the army, and the scribes make the laws.
  • Religion
  • In Sumer, religious beliefs influenced many parts of their daily life. They tried to please their gods while doing anything and everything.
  • One other way to express your religious beliefs is to build a temple or religious tower called ziggurats.
  • The Arts
  • Music was another influential art in ancient Sumer. One favorite was a small wooden harp called lyre. Lyre is often covered in decorating's of horns.
  • One type of artist is a metal worker. Metal workers create weapons, cups, and even some decorative items, like jewelry.
  • Yet another invention from the Sumerians was the sledge.
  • Did you know that it was the Sumerians who made the first wheel?
  • Technology
  • 3500 B.C.E. is the earliest example of the wheel when pottery makers would use it to shape their clay.
  • Sledges were made to haul things long distances and through dirt and mud.
  • Writing
  • The Sumerians created a written language called cuneiform.
  • Sumerians also used pictographs. Those are symbols that stand for real object such as a snake or, water.
  • Cuneiform comes from the latin name wedge, because they used a wedge shaped stylus to etch writings into their clay.
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