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The earliest "Sumerian" government consisted of a group of men who made decisions on the wellbeing of the entire community. When crises arrived, one man would be chosen and he would lead the community with full authority. This traveled into the men becoming monarchs. Around 3000 B.C.E., all the cities consisted of kings. These kings were known as "Sumerian Kings" who had claimed absolute authority over their own realm. These kings would associate with local nobles, but only if they had a military background. These realms created city-states which began to make its way into Mesopotamia. The city-states created more authority for the kings. They wanted to extend their authority and build empires so they would rule over everyone. "Imperial rule" was brought back to Mesopotamia, along with the Assyrians. Both societies battled, leaving the Assyrians as the winners. The Assyrians wanted to bring in more authority than the Mesopotamians had, so they build more empires.
In early Mesopotamia, the Kings and high nobles were the rulers. Nobles were most likely either related to the kings, or they were close supporters. The community started out as voting for the king, but that changed when the kings wanted to pass down their power. This brought heredity into play. The kings thought so much of themselves, that they started to portray themselves as gods. Some were the almighty gods and goddess' in person, others were sent or part of the gods.



external image Hunter240.jpgThis is an artifact of what the mesopotamian's believed their kings should be like: strong, brave, and a warrior