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Traditions and Encounters Book Cover
Traditions and Encounters, 2/e
Jerry H. Bentley, University of Hawai'i
Herbert F. Ziegler, University of Hawai'i

EARLY SOCIETIES IN SOUTHWEST ASIA AND THE INDO-EUROPEAN

Study Questions



1

What does the Epic of Gilgamesh tell us about the culture in which it emerged?
2

What was the significance of the need for irrigation to the political development of Mesopotamia?
3

What were the underlying principles of Hammurabi's code of laws and what does the law code tell us about the kind of society that existed in Mesopotamia at the time?
4

Why were the Assyrians such formidable conquerors?
5

What were the technological innovations of the early Mesopotamians and how did they contribute to the development of the culture and to its overall economic prosperity?
6

What were the social strata in ancient Mesopotamia and, in general, what roles did women play?
7

What is the significance of the development of cuneiform writing to the Mesopotamian culture and the surrounding areas?
8

Compare and contrast the history of the early Jewish community and the Phoenician culture. How did the Mesopotamians influence each?
9

What were the origins and early development of the Indo-Europeans?
10

Discuss where and how the Indo-European cultures spread through Eurasia.