Introductory Paragraph: In the 4th millennium B.C. the Mesopotamians developed the great river valleys, which introduced writing, art, monumental architecture, and new political forms. Mesopotamia is the land between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers. Mesopotamia was a perfect place for agriculture because the people there (the Mesopotamians) used irrigation to keep the land fertile. It was a birthplace of agriculture. The Mesopotamians started many of the things we do today. Like the Romans they did art agriculture mathematics different types of sciences and measurements. When modern day people enjoy looking at common art they have the Mesopotamians to thank.

Questions about Mesopotamia:

  • What were the Mesopotamian people like?
  • What killed them? Or did they all die out slowly?
  • How did the Mesopotamians find out about agriculture?
  • What language do they speak?
  • Where did the name Mesopotamians come from?

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A map of Mesopotamia in todays time.

Mesopotamia the land between two rivers