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Definition: Ancient civilization thought to be one of the first ever. It is thought that the use of the wheel started there. The Sumerian people were certainly the first to gather in city-states and develop a system of writing, as well as many other "firsts." Based on the lowlands around the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, the Sumerians were vulnerable to attack. They were eventually conquered by the Akkadians. Major city-states included Ur, Uruk, Kish, and Lagash.

Related Resources:
The Ancient Middle East
Learn more about the area as a whole.

Elsewhere on the Web:
Sumeria: The Basics
Just the basic facts.

History and Art History of Sumeria
Just what it says.

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