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CLEP Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East

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1. Early societies were ____________ - or run by men.

2. In contrast to the isolated Egyptians - these people were warriors and traders - they were highly unpredictable and abstract thinkers.

3. The Great Pyramid is the tomb of the Pharaoh ________.

4. Stepson of Hatshepsut - he lead the military expeditions during her reign. When he became Pharaoh - he enlisted thousands of men to help him capture more land than any other Pharaoh before him. At the time - he ruled the largest empire ever ruled by

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

6. The most important ruler in Babylonian history. Responsible for the codification of law. Ruled over public and private life; business - financial - and criminal law. Judgements were often harsh.

7. 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

8. A technological advance invented c. 6000 BC encourage higher quality ceramic pottery production.

9. 'Soldiers of God'

10. Tombs of the Egyptian Pharaohs.

11. 'wedge-shaped.' A system of writing developed by the Sumerians that consisted of wedge-shaped impressions made by a reed stylus on clay tablets.

12. City built by the Israelite King David in order to honor God.

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

14. Ancient view of the world based on myth rather than science or rationality.

15. The Neolithic Revolution first occurred in the _____________.

16. The early degree of organization of communities in the Fertile Crescent and primarily in Egypt can be attributed to the need for ________.

17. Three main rivers of the Fertile Crescent.

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

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

20. 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

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

22. 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.

23. Part god and part king - the __________ was the leader of the Ancient of Egyptians. It was his job to raise the sun - the crops - and the coming of the Nile. He held absolute power over the Egyptians in the present life and in the hereafter.

24. 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

25. Born a commoner - this Pharaoh rose to power at the age of 15 on the coat tails of his family's military prowess and reigned until his death at age 93. As one of Egypt's greatest kings - he relied heavily on propaganda and diplomacy - building temple

26. 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.

27. Wife of Akenhaten - died during his celebration. After which Akenhaten became intolerant of any other gods - obsessively erasing them from history and neglecting his kingdom in the process.

28. ___________ sacrifice was common among all religions during the late neolithic period.

29. First Pharaoh of the Old Kingdom.

30. 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.

31. Major contributor to the spread of culture.

32. Egyptian civilization sprang up in northern Africa - along the ______________; this river played a crucial role in the ability of the Egyptians to produce an abundant harvest.

33. 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.

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

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

36. The Egyptian concept of harmony and order - justice and truth. Implied a divine force for harmony and stability which emanated from the beginning of time itself. Good rule by pharaoh signified its presence

37. 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

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

39. 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.

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

41. Brother to the Ancient Egyptian god - Osiris - and credited with his death - _______ stands for all things unpleasant - disorder and warfare.

42. 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.

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

44. 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.

45. Unified all of Mesopotamia circa 1800 BC - collapsed due to foreign invasian.

46. Achievements of the ___________ civilization include the construction of irrigation ditches - introduction of the plow - and wheel made pottery.

47. 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.

48. 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

49. Migrated into Mesopotamia circa 4000 BC; created the first civilization within the region; organized area into city-states; established the first form of writing - cuneiform.

50. Egyptian gods were often represented by ____________.