I’m picking up my history series after a bit of a long break, and as mentioned in the last post, I’m going to write about Mesopotamia today.
Well, not so much write about it as link to a great article that provides a very interesting high level summary of the region. Mesopotamia has to its credit a lot of firsts, and really incredible ones at that.
This region that roughly corresponds to modern day Iraq and was settled between the rivers Tigris and Euphrates. It was a very fertile region, and is considered the birth of civilization because the city as we know it today was first created here, and so was writing. Human settlements can be definitely traced back to 10,000 BCE but it is thought that humans lived here prior to that as well. There are several impressive things about Mesopotamia but perhaps the most impressive one is that woman held equal rights here, they could own property, draw contracts, file for divorces, and were thought to be engaged in brewing beer much before men. It’s only after the women showed that beer brewing is a lucrative trade that men were drawn to it.
Check out this link on Mesopotamia for more details on this civilization, and I’ll touch upon Egypt in my next post in this series.