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CLEP Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East

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1. The period prior to 12 -000 BC typified by the use of crude stone tools and hunting and gathering for subsistence; describes the majority of 2 million plus years of the existence of homo species.

2. Homo Species that disappeared at the end of the Paleolithic period.

3. First foreigners to conquer and rule Egypt during the 15th and 16th dynasties. Later defeated by Egyptian Soldiers opening the door for the New Kingdom.

4. A sea-faring civilization located on the shores on the Eastern Mediterranean; established colonies throughout the Mediterranean and devised a simplified alphabet that greatly influenced the Greek and Latin writing systems.

5. Unified Upper and Lower Egypt into one kingdom with the capital at Memphis around 3000 BC.

6. Between 3000 and 1500 BC - the civilization flourished over the region that extended hundreds of miles from the Himalaya Mountains to the coast of the Arabian Sea. At the heart of the civilization were Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro. Both cities had popula

7. Successor to Ra as the king of the gods of Ancient Egypt - ______ is credited with teaching men to be civilized and to farm - and for teaching mankind to worship the gods and to build temples. Isis was also a wise and good ruler who taught men how to

8. The practice of seeking to foretell future events by interpreting divine signs - which could appear in various forms - such as in entrails of animals - in patterns in smoke - or in dreams.

9. _____________religion inspired confidence and optimism in the external order and stability of the world.

10. Egyptian Pharaoh of the New Kingdom - attempted to reduce the power of the priests by establishing a monotheistic religion dedicated to Aten - the sun-god - replacing the tradition Egyptian pantheon of gods. He established himself as the sole priest

11. The smaller size of the pyramids during the 5th and 6th dynasties is reflective of the declining power of the Pharaoh and the rise in power of ____________ in an economy of increasing size.

12. Following the defeat of the foreign Hyksos rulers - this period was the most prosperous time of Ancient Egyptian history. It saw the expansion of the Egyptian Empire to Nubia in the south as well as to the near east through warfare gaining riches and

13. During this young Pharaoh's reign - the priests and military leaders who has lost power during the reign of his predecessor - Akenhaten - seized the opportunity to use the boy as their puppet and return Egypt to its traditional religion.

14. First Pharaoh of the Old Kingdom.

15. The most important gods of Ancient Egypt - ________ was the sun and the begetter of the gods themselves. The myth that he was the first king on earth is the foundation on which the Pharoahs stake their claim of divinity.

16. Cradle of Civilization located in the area between Mesopotamia and Syria.

17. Early walled urban culture site based on sedentary agriculture; located in modern Israeli-occupied West Bank near Jordan River.

18. Documents of the Hebrew god and his law. Rather than heroic tales of gods and goddesses - this book told takes of men and women both weak and strong.

19. A combination of pictograms and phonograms that the Eqyptians used for writing.

20. The first civilizations - they created a basic set of tools - intellectual concepts such as writing and mathematics - and political forms that would persist and spread to other parts of Europe - Asia - and Africa. Most were in decline by 1000 BC.

21. The first economic class not responsible for producing their own food and shelter.

22. Cunning woman who became Pharaoh during the New Kingdom. She relied heavily on propoganda claimed to be the daughter of the God Amen - often presented herself with a male body and false beard in statues and imagery. Her stepson - whom she had usurped

23. 'Soldiers of God'

24. Pre-agricultural culture located in present day Israel - Jordan and Lebanon. Collected naturally present barley and wheat to supplement game. Characterized by large settlements.

25. Period from 4 -000 BC to 1 -500 BC (3rd Millenium) when bronze tools were first introduced in the Middle East.

26. The loose collection of territorially small cities in Mesopotamia which lacked unity with one another due to geographic isolation. Each was dedicated to a particular god or goddess.

27. Period of Ancient Egyptian history during which the Pharaohs regained powers over the priests but with somewhat less authority during which laws began to be written down.

28. Recent archeological studies show that there were at least _____ early civilizations.

29. Beginning of the Neolithic Period or 'New Stone Age'. Saw the adaptation of sedentary agriculture and the domestication of plants and animals.

30. A religious outlook that see god in many aspects of nature and propitiates them to help control and explain nature; typical of Mesopotamian religions.

31. Dating to 3500 BC - this civilization is one of the few cases of a civilization that started from scratch

32. The term given to the development of agricultural societies. This revolution in economic - political - and social organization began in the Middle East as early as 10 -000 B.C.E. and gradually spread to other centers - including parts of India - Nort

33. The period from 12 -000 BC to 8 -000 BC characterized by the gradual shift from hunter-gather societies to sedentary agricultural societies.

34. The moral code divined to Moses by the Hebrew god. Unlike the Code of Hammurabi - rich and poor were treated equally.

35. Following the Bronze Age - in the 2nd Millenium - crafters began to smelt tools from _______.

36. First to develop money - weights and measures - and hours.

37. First common language used for trading amongst people of different groups - replaced Hebrew in religious texts - and was probably spoken by Jesus and his disciples.

38. Three main rivers of the Fertile Crescent.

39. A cultural practice in which young men upon marriage must live with their bride's family.

40. Early Sumerian kingdoms began as theocracies - their kings established their authority through ____________.

41. People of Akkad who overruled the Sumerians and assimilated their culture. Simplified the Sumerian cuneiform.

42. Tapered pillars carved of a single piece of granite 70 - 100 feet tall symbolizing man's aspirations to immortality.

43. The end of the Bronze Age saw the rise of great __________ power.

44. The New Babylonian king who destroyed the Hebrew kingdom of Judah and enslaved the Jews.

45. As the most influential of the smaller Middle Eastern regional cultures - the Jews were characterized most by ______________.

46. Ancient Sumerian economies were ___________ with Priests charged with caring for the gods and goddesses and then providing for the community.

47. Intermediate form of ecological adaptation in which temporary forms of cultivation are carried out with little impact on the natural ecology; typical of rainforest cultivators.

48. Indo-European people who entered Mesopotamia in 1750 BC - destroying the Babylonian Empire; partnered with the Egyptians to destroy Syria - then turned on the Egyptians conquering them and ruling for several centuries; played a major role in transmit

49. Sumerian relationship with their gods was ___________. Humans were created to do the manual labor for the gods.

50. The Neolithic Revolution first occurred in the _____________.