A History of Western Society: From Antiquity to the by John P. McKay, Bennett D. Hill, John Buckler

By John P. McKay, Bennett D. Hill, John Buckler

College-level textbook at the background of Western society to the Enlightenment (Volume 1 of two)

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They left when the diet is supplemented with seeds and the camp to gather nuts, grains, and fruits to sup fruits. If the climate changed even slightly, the all- plement the group's diet. The women's primary re sponsibility was the bearing of children, who were important herds might move to new areas. Paleo essential to the continuation of the group. Women adapted themselves to new circumstances or per also had to care for the children, especially the in ished. Several long ice ages—periods when huge fants.

Priesthood assumed the additional duty of running dience of a huge segment of society. They were the Commoners were free citizens. They were inde it and performing the gods' rituals. The people of pendent of the nobility; however, they could not the city met the expenses of building and maintain rival the nobility in social status and political 14 CHAPTER 1 NEAR EASTERN ORIGINS power. Commoners belonged to large patriarchal families who owned land in their own right. Com moners could sell their land, if the family ap proved, but even the king could not legally take their land without their approval.

1 Sumerian Writing /Excerpted from S. N. Kramer. The Sumerlans: Their History, Culture and Char acter. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1963, pp. 302-306] Assyria in rlie north and Sumer and Akkad in the south. Then he turned to his third goal. Politically, Hammurabi joined in his kingship rhc Semitic concept of the tribal chieftain and the Sumerian idea of urban kingship. Culturally, he en couraged the spread of myths that explained how Marduk, the god of Babylon, had been elected king of the gods by the other Mesopotamia!!

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