Ancient Mesopotamia for Kids and Teachers - The Cradle of Civilization Illustration

Ancient Mesopotamia
The Land Between Two Rivers

 
 

Ancient Mesopotamia covered an area that was about 300 miles long and about 150 miles wide. The villages, towns and cities in ancient Mesopotamia were built between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. These two rivers flowed into the Persian Gulf. With all this water, it's no wonder the ancient Mesopotamians invented the first sailboat. They also invented the wheel, the plow, the first written language, and the first super hero - Gilgamesh! They made beautiful pottery and built homes of sun-baked brick. They even built a library.

Ancient Mesopotamia is composed of three main civilizations - ancient Sumer, ancient Babylon, and ancient Assyria. These were the first real civilizations in ancient times. That's why ancient Mesopotamia is nicknamed the Cradle (or birth) of Civilization. It's other nickname is "the land between two rivers".

Geography, History, Government

The importance of geography in Ancient Mesopotamia

Early Pioneers in Ancient Mesopotamia, settling down

Development of Agriculture

Development of Government

What does it take for a group of people to become a civilization?

Ancient Sumer

Ancient Babylon

Ancient Assyria

Trade & Commerce, Clay Balls and Tokens

Daily Life

Classes of People

Women

Homes

Kids went to school

Toys & Recreation

Art & Craftsmen

Music and Instruments (hear it!)

Cuneiform the first written language

Cylinder Seals, personal IDs!

Royal Tombs of Ur

 

Deities, Legends, Inventions

Religion - A Big Part of Daily Life

The Gloomy Gods & Goddesses

Myth: How Marduk Became King

The Legend of Gilgamesh (the first superhero!)

Gilgamesh Makes A Friend

Gilgamesh and the Tree of Eternal Life

More Myths and Stories (some interactive, some animated)

Ziggurats - Temples

And More

Inventions, Achievements - So Many Firsts - the Wheel, the Sailboat, the Plow, and more

The Library at Nineveh

Hammurabi's Code - Written Laws

Hanging Gardens - Ancient Wonder

Games! Stories & Interactive Games

Quiz! Interactive Quizzes with Answers

For Teachers

PowerPoints

Lesson Plans

Activities and Projects

Cartoon Clipart

Video Clips