Research Topics

The Ancient Origins of the West



What was the Near Eastern and Egyptian contribution to western civilizations? What was the importance of writing to these earliest city-dwellers? How did they look at their world?

An agricultural revolution occurring almost 6000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent of Ancient Western Asia made it possible for the first primary civilizations to develop. The Sumerians, Babylonians and Akkadians of Mesopotamia, as well as the Egyptians of the Nile Delta, made enormous strides in government, culture and religion.