What were some of the “firsts” the Sumerians were credited with? What was the greatest contribution to later civilizations?

Ancient Near East

  1. How did agricultural innovations change the face of culture in the Fertile Crescent?

  2. What were some of the “firsts” the Sumerians were credited with? What was the greatest contribution to later civilizations?

  3. How was the ziggurat constructed, and what purpose(s) did it serve?

  4. What were some of the marvels of the city of Babylon/Neo-Babylonia?

  5. What types of art / architecture demonstrate the Persian’s high level of technical and artistic sophistication?