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Ancient Middle East

Mesopotamia was the setting for many ancient civilizations, including Sumeria, Babylon, and Israel. Find out all about these civilizations and much more.

An Introduction to the Ancient Middle East
Follow the rise and fall of several famous civilizations, from the Sumerians to the Persians. This fun, illustrated article examines each of the major peoples who lived in the Middle East in ancient times. Check out the cool timeline.

Religion in the Ancient Middle East
See how the major peoples of the ancient Middle East worshipped. You can see also how revolutionary the Hebrew religion really was.

Ancient Middle East Glossary
See the people, places, and things of the ancient Middle East come alive! Learn more about Mesopotamia, Assyria, and Israel.

Maps of the Ancient Middle East
Understand this place and time better by viewing maps!

Famous People of the Ancient Middle East Dropdown Menu
Choose a famous person listed here to find out more about him or her and his or her times.

Sumerians: First at Many Things
Ancient Sumeria was advanced beyond belief. Their achievements in agriculture, literature, business, and science are unparalleled in that time period. Unfortunately for them (and for us), their achievements in military matters left a little to be desired.

The Hour in Ancient Babylon
The ancient Babylonians wanted to keep track of time, so they invented the sundial to help them do it. And they also divided the day into "hours." However, the hour wasn't always 60 minutes. Find out why.

Women's History in the Middle East
Women had a special place in the ancient Middle East. What you discover at this very helpful site may surprise you.

Graphics courtesy of ArtToday

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