Mesopotamia - Tigris-Euphrates River Valley Civilization - Thompson Hadden and Matthew Barker

Mesopotamia and the Tigris-Euphrayes River Valley is one of the most well known ancient organizations is world history today. In this wiki we will answer what kind of government was run there, what kind of economy they had and how did people make money, and its religious status.

Tigris Euphrates River Valley

Let's start off with the economy, the Sumerian city-states were based off of farming and trade. The main way people made their money was farming and trade too, so they went hand and hand. Industry was a huge part as well, the people of Mesopotamia were mostly known for their metal work, wooden textiles, and pottery. Another thing that helped the economy there was the fertille soil that was there in plentiful amounts. (


So Mesopotamia at first was a religion between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers with a complex civilization. Each city state was independent, there was no capital. The world first cities were; Ur, Umma, Lagash, and Larsa. religion and government actually tie together. Priests ruled the earlier city states. Priests even ran irrigation systems, watched over canals, put in new canals, gathered work crews, and settled arguments. Tying this into religion they also made sacrifices to the Sumerian Gods. (


Last but not least the main part of religion in Mesopotamia. There were many gods and goddesses in their religion. The four highest gods are; The sky god An, the raging storm god Enlil, The earth goddess Nin-khursag, and the water god Enki. These gods were not the only ones, there were another 50 to go along with them. Of course like I said in the previous section Priests were a huge part of the religious society. They almost kept up with the gods in a weird way, which made them a big figure in the Mesopotamian religious community. That is the main reason the preist community developed. (

I hope you enjoyed our presentation on Mesopotaand the Tigris and Euphrates River Valley wiki page.

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