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Though the cultures of Mesopotamia (where the ancient cities of Babylon and Nineveh were located) are considered older than that of Egypt,centralized power in Egypt came sooner than in Mesopotamia. However, it is the cultures of the Mesopotamia that set the stage for the rise of Egypt.

Mesopotamia is a Greek word meaning “between the rivers.” These rivers are the Tigris to the east, and the Euphrates to the west. The early historic cities for this region were Ubaid, Ur, Uruk, Lagash and Umma, but it would be Babylon that would be the most recognized, under the civilization of Babylonia.

It would be through its greatest king, Hammurapi (c. 1728-1686 BC), that much about the laws and philosophy of Babylonia has been learned. With the Sumarian, and then the Assyrian civilizations appearing in Mesopotamia, they would yield to Babylonia.  It would be Hammurapi who would later conquer all of Mesopotamia. 

Aside from the writings of Hammurapi,it would be from the later writings of the Greek historian Herodotus that something about Babylon was learned as a result of his visit to Babylon in the fifth century BC. 

It was in Babylon, that one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world would be found, and was the Hanging Gardens. Click on the icon below to learn more about the Seven Wonders of the ancient world.

As with Mesopotamia, Egypt’s beginning was also associated with a River, and that being the Nile.  It would be the results of this rich and fertile river, which would rise from its banks and flood the region, that the great civilization of Egypt would rise from.  From this civilization, the rich culture of Egypt would come forth, where its history still yields marvels from the past, and where discoveries still amaze and mystify the world.  As with Babylon, Egypt would also have one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, which would be the Great Pyramid in Giza.  Unlike all of the other Seven Wonders, only the Great Pyramid still survives to this day.  Herodotus would also visit Egypt in the fifth century BC and the record of his visit survived the passing of time
From the Pharaohs, to the monuments they built, to their tombs that have survived, Egypt contains a past that many enjoy learning about.  From the conquering of Egypt by Alexander the Great, to the tragic story of the last Pharaoh of Egypt - Cleopatra, and the fall of Egypt into the control of the Romans, Egypt has a history that truly inspires the imagination.  To learn more about Egypt, just pick the subject you wish to learn more about, and click on it.
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