Gender Roles In Mesopotamia
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Women in Mesopotamia. This artifact shows what women looked like in Mesopotamia.

Early in the history of Mesopotamia women were equal to men. Gradually, Mesopotamia became a patriarchal society. Men became more powerful than women. Men worked at their jobs and the boys would learn either their father’s trade or they would became apprentices to learn a different trade. Women taught girls housekeeping and cooking as well as how to look after the younger children. One of the jobs the children would do is help crush grain. Men were the rulers of the house and women did the house work.

Women had limited powers but in some rare cases were allowed to own property and get a divorce for a good reason.The artifact of the carved women above is what the women may have looked like. The carving on the left probably resembled a women of that time better than the one on the left because it has more detail.



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Hammurabi, a King of Mesopotamia. He was a very important king because he created the Code of Laws. This stated that if anyone committed a crime they would be punished. King Hammurabi was a unique king in that he made a set of rules. King Hammurabi ruled from 1792-1750 BC.

Only the royal or high class went to school. The high class children usually became scribes, physicians, or temple administrators. Most kings were successful warriors of great power. One King was Hammurabi who said he was sent by Gods to keep the evil away. He created a Code of Laws. In the Code of Laws he stated that if someone was to steal or murder there would be consequences for those actions. The artifact shown above of Hammurabi was created to show what he looked like because he was a great King. He created a set or rules/laws that the people of Mesopotamia had to follow. Hammurabi's laws were the first known set of laws/rules that has been found in the whole world.



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Tiglath –Pileser III. He ruled from 745-727 BC. He is considered the world’s most successful military commander. He is still important because he is still considered the world's best military leader.

King Tiglath-Pileser III ruled 745-727 BC. He was acknowledged for being the world's best military commander. The artifact above shows a carving of Tiglath-Pileser III. He was an important King in Mesopotamia. Tiglath-Pileser III conquered most of the world that was known to the civilization.