Alexandra Bruce
August 31, 2011

Sumerians invented writing and the division of time into 60 minutes and seconds and so much more that has been handed down by subsequent civilizations.

French professor, Jean-Claude Margueron describes how pluralistic and ancient the Sumerian societies of Mesopotamia already were – thousands of years ago.

(Sorry no subtitles – time to practice your French!)


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December 10, 2007

Mesopotamia, or ‘the country between two rivers’, is the oldest civilisation to have flourished at the confluence of two rivers: the Tigris and the Euphrates. The Mesopotamians included various peoples, the Sumerians, the Babylonians, the Akkadians, who coexisted and succeeded one another, mixing and inter-relating in a Near East with a wide range of racial facets. These different peoples, who once lived along the banks of the two rivers, have left behind an archaeological heritage of inestimable value. How did they flourish in such a hostile environment? Where did their wealth come from? And how did this perfectly structured civilisation finally fade and disappear forever?

This popular series gives new insights into some of the most influential civilisations to shape the world as we know it. To understand where we are now, it might help to understand where we have been.

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