Today we talked about civilization. We shared the characteristics that we wrote last night, before compiling them into a class list. Then we determined that a civilization needs to have 5 key traits:
1. Specialized workers: This demonstrates a surplus and includes teachers, soldiers, farmers, priests, etc.
2. Record Keeping: Oral and written language, laws
3. Advanced Technology
4. Advanced Cities (large population)
5. Complex Institutions: Government, religion, social structure, etc.
Then we weighed the positives/negatives of civilization, learned about hill people, and talked about the social contract.
Your homework tonight is to put the traits of civilization to the test. Please answer the following prompt in a thesis driven paragraph:
Can we consider Mesopotamia a Civilization?
Your paragraph needs: