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A History of Western Society: From Antiquity to the by John P. McKay, Bennett D. Hill, John Buckler

By John P. McKay, Bennett D. Hill, John Buckler

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

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Just as they knew est hunters chipped from flint and obsidian, a black the habits of animals, so they had vast knowledge volcanic rock. During the much shorter Neolithic of the plant kingdom. c, even knew how to plant wild seeds to supplement human beings began using new types of stone tools their food supply. Thus they relied on every part of and, more important, pursuing agriculture. the environment for survival. The basic social unit of Paleolithic societies was probably the family, but family bonds were no doubt stronger and more extensive than those of families in modem, urban, and industrialized socie THE PALEOLITHIC AGE ties.

Overland routes in Mesopo efficiently and easily than ever before, simply be tamia usually follow the Euphrates because the banks of the Tigris are frequently steep and diffi cult. North of the ancient city of Babylon the land levels out into a barren expanse. The desert con cause animals and machines were doing a greater tinues south of Babylon, and in 1857 the English proportion of the work. In arid regions such as Mesopotamia and Egypt, grim terms: invented, and farmers devised ways of hitching bulls and horses to wagons.

Source: Georg Gerster/Comstock} -''-■,- ■""" THE SPREAD OF MESOPOTAM1AN CULTURE 15 quered Sumer and created a new empire. The sym bol of his triumph was a new capital, the city of Akkad. Sargon, the first "world conqueror," led his armies to the Mediterranean Sea. 1). Sargon's impact and the extent of Mcsopotamian influence even at this early period have been dramatically revealed at Ebla in modern Syria. In 1964 archeologists there unearthed a once-flourish ing Semitic civilization that had assimilated politi cal, intellectual, and artistic aspects of Mcsopota- mian culture.

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