Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent - A Short History

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Kelly Macquire
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published on 06 January 2020
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Mesopotamia is an ancient region in the Middle East, east of the Mediterranean by the Zagros mountains, between the two rivers Tigris and Euphrates. The name ‘Mesopotamia’ comes from the Greek meaning ‘between two rivers’. The region is now known as Iraq but once included some parts of modern-day Iran, Syria, and Turkey. This area is also known as the Fertile Crescent, and as the Cradle of Civilization.

This video is a small snapshot of the vastly rich history of Mesopotamia, which a small introduction to some of the key names from this time. From this short introduction, it will be very clear how much the modern city - and culture overall - have to thank Mesopotamia for!

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About the Author

Kelly Macquire
Kelly is a graduate student at Monash, Melbourne Australia, currently completing her BA (honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on burial practice and trade at Pylos. She has a passion for mythology and Pre-Classical Greek history.

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Macquire, K. (2020, January 06). Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent - A Short History. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/video/1882/

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Macquire, Kelly. "Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent - A Short History." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified January 06, 2020. https://www.ancient.eu/video/1882/.

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Macquire, Kelly. "Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent - A Short History." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 06 Jan 2020. Web. 06 Jun 2020.

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