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College-level textbook at the background of Western society to the Enlightenment (Volume 1 of two)

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Enjoyed an excellent geographical position and was ideally suited to be the capital of Mesopotamia. It Naramsin's horned crown suggests that he considered dominated tionoux, Paris) trade on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers: all commerce to and from Sumer and Akkad had to pass by its walls. It also looked beyond Mes opotamia. Babylonian merchants followed the Ti gris north to Assyria and Anatolia. The Euphrates led merchants to Syria, Palestine, and the Mediter ranean. The city grew great because of its commer cial importance and soundly based power.

Tion and good drainage. Consequently, the Sumcr- ians and later the Akkadians built their cities along the Tigris and Euphrates and the branches of these rivers. Some major cities, such as Ur and Uruk, took root on tributaries of the Euphrates, while others, notably Lagash, were built on branches of the Tigris. The rivers supplied fish, a major ele ment of the city dwellers' diet. The rivers also provided reeds and clay for building materials. Since this entire area lacks stone, mud brick be- 13 MESOPOTAM1AN CIVIIJZATTON came the primary building block of Mesopotamia!!

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