“We talk a lot of smack about taxes but, as it turns out, they are pretty important for creating stable social orders.” — John Green
In this video, John Green presents Mesopotamia, and the early civilizations that arose around the Fertile Crescent. Topics covered include the birth of territorial kingdoms, empires, Neo-Assyrian torture tactics, sacred marriages, ancient labor practices, the world’s first law code, and the great failed romance of John’s undergrad years.
Crash Course World History is now available on DVD! http://store.dftba.com/products/crash…
The British Museum’s Mesopotamia site: http://goo.gl/Fn4dN5
The Epic of Gilgamesh: http://goo.gl/9i7svQ or get a hard copy at https://goo.gl/iKsCDD
Mesopotamia: Assyrians, Sumerians, Babylonians by Enrico Ascalone: http://goo.gl/iL487J