Fertile Crescent Characteristics

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The Fertile Crescent, in ancient times was practically the hub of activity. Spanning from the eastern shore of the Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf and including areas such as Egypt and Mesopotamia, the Fertile Crescent was a massive beast - a force to be reckoned with. Ahead of its time, the Fertile Crescent was a mass packed with trade routes, powerful empires, and various religions. It’s likely that a person would infer the diversity of cultures would provide stark differences between each other. However that is not the case. From the early beginnings of the Fertile Crescent in 2350 BCE onward three major characteristics were constantly displayed: slavery, the search for mankind's purpose, and the conglomerate of religious authorities, Kings, and the Military.
Perhaps one of the biggest characteristics of the Fertile Crescent throughout time is its economy. It was for this exact reason that in 2350 BCE Sargon I built his empire. In the …show more content…

Religious beliefs and practices differed greatly from country to country; however each religion inquired of the purpose of life through gods or deities. The Egyptian’s religion revolved around the rite of passage. The Egyptians would receive favorable conditions after death only if they pleased the Gods, and their descendant Pharaoh. The purpose of the Egyptians life was solely to keep Pharaoh and the Gods happy something that could only be accomplished through strict worship and unrelenting obedience. In contrast, the Sumerians beliefs were an entangled webs of stories about the gods they worshipped that related back to a single principle “people...were the servants of gods in the most literal sense.” (Backman 16) Their belief provided very little rewards as it was thought that the outcome of all dead was to be “cosigned equally to spending eternity wandering naked and exposed through an endless expanse of darkness, dust, and heat.” (Backman

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