Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Post 8- And the award goes to....

And the award for most important empire goes to the Sumerians.

- The Sumerians created their own form of writing known as Cuneiform, as well as developed a math system based on the number 60. Although the Sumerians built their empire by tearing down the empires of others, they succeeded in perfecting the ideas of others and building upon those ideas. Without the Sumerians, other civilizations would not have learned how to prosper and survive the cruel intentions of other civilizations.

Post 7- Northern gets laws?..what?

Northern's Hammurabi Code of Laws

1. If girls dress inappropriately, they will be forced to change into clothes that cover their full bodies and their inappropriate clothes will be burned.

2. Failure to turn in assignments on time will result in spending the class period in the corner, facing away from everyone.

3. If kids stop in the middle of the hallway to talk to their friends and create a traffic jam, they will be shoved into lockers.

4. Student's who disrespect teachers will be smacked across the face by said teacher.

5. Tardy to class will result in excess amounts of extra work.

6. Bringing dangerous weapons to school will result in death of said person with said weapon.

7. Bullying other students will result in banishment.

8. Teachers who fail to meet all requirements of said profession will be fired on the spot.

9. Stealing food from the lunch ladies will result in a starvation period of 3 days.

10. Lack of respect for others and their belongings will result in confiscation of prized possessions.

11. Inappropriate language will result in said person's mouth being sealed with super glue.

12. If rules listed are not enforced by person in charge, person in charge as well as "rule breakers" will be severely beaten.

Post 6- Hammurabi's Code Today

Hammurabi's Code of Laws

1: If a man be guilty of incest with his daughter, he shall be driven from the place (exiled).
      - It is so extremely wrong to have "intimate relations" with your daughter and if I could decide the punishment I would rule the death sentence for this law because it is just so terrible.
 2: If he break another man's bone, his bone shall be broken.
      - This is simple, don't do to others that you wouldn't want done to you. So if you don't want your arm broken don't go break someone else's arm. It should be enacted because then people wouldn't do such stupid things.

3: If any one is committing a robbery and is caught, then he shall be put to death.
      - Don't do the crime if you can't do the time. We sort of do enact this law only with a less harsh punishment. But the truth is that people commit crimes thinking they will get away with it. If they get caught, they have to be able to face the consequences.4: If any man, without the knowledge of the owner of a garden, fell a tree in a garden he shall pay half a mina in money.
      - This is like the second law I picked. Only it was an accident, so therefore it is fair that the person pay for the damage to be fixed but that be the only punishment. It would be unnecessary to enforce a harsher punishment.

5: If any one steal the property of a temple or of the court, he shall be put to death, and also the one who receives the stolen thing from him shall be put to death.
      -It is just wrong to steal anything from a religious place of worship and same goes for the justice system. I don't know if death is the appropriate punishment for something that isn't the most extreme. But I would definitely enforce a  punishment for the crime.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Post 5- Fertile Crescent = MOST AMAZING PLACE ON EARTH!

Dear Devil Lady,
There is no better place on Earth then the Fertile Crescent! With an outstanding irrigation system from the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers, our agriculture is most abundant and nothing surpasses our civilization. This is home to us. We established our form of writing, known as Cuneiform. Our education has excelled since we have created our writing system. Not only that but our religious beliefs are more advanced than any civilization around and our extensive list of Gods is top notch. What does the Indus River Valley offer us that the Fertile Crescent hasn't already provided our civilization with? We would never consider leaving this place... not for anything!

Post 4- Attention: Sumerians!

Dear Sumerian People,
The new hot spot that everyone is talking about is the Indus River Valley!! Because of the abundant water supply, agriculture is prosperous. The river valley is also surrounded by mountains which makes for better protection if an attack of war were to break out. The mountains also prevent diseases from entering the valley and creating a problem amongst the people in the civilization. Provided is transportation by early forms of boats and carts as well as the availability of fresh crops such as wheat, barley, rye, cotton, and domesticated animals. Our irrigation system exceeds all expectations of other civilizations as well as our own expectations. Housing though is simple and ideal, but sometimes even luxurious. All houses have access to the water and are completely accomodating to all families. If this isn't convincing enough to get you to come to the Indus River Valley then I dont know what is! So come and prosper!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Post Two- Quizzes three, four and five

1. The Sumerian civiization arose in the Tigris-Euphrates Valley
2.The strip of fertile land that begins at the Isthmus of Suez and arcs through Southwest Asia to the Persian Gulf is called the Fertile Crescent
3. Sumerian writing, today called Cuneiform , was made by pressing a stylus into clay tablets.
4. The Sumerians may have invented the arch , a curved structure over an opening.
5. Sumerian temples, called Ziggurats , were made of baked brick placed in layers and looked like a wedding cake.
6. Assyrians were the first to use cavalry- soldiers on horseback.
7. Code of Hammurabi is a collection of Babylonian laws which dealt with all aspects of life
8. Nebuchadnezzer's hanging gardens were one of the Seven Wonders of the world.
9. The Akkadians were mesopotamian people who attacked and conquered the Sumerians.
10. Hittites were some of the first people to smelt iron.
11. The present-day regions of Israel, Lebanon, and Syria were once called Phoenicians.
12. Phoenicia consisted of a loose confederation of City- States, each governed by a different king.
13. The Phoenicians invented the art of glass- blowing, and the city of Sidon became the well-known home of this industry.
14. Phoenicians also collected shellfish called murex to make a purple dye.
15. Phoenician sculptors often used ivory, highly prized in the ancient world, which was imported from North and East Africa.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Post One: OH HEY!

I am interested in Student Council, Photography, Community Service, Food, Shopping, Interior Design...Basically anything artsy. I am unique because I don't let what people think get the best of me. I am an individual who doesn't follow others and believes you shouldn't please anyone but yourself...unless you want to. I took this class because everyone I talked to said this was going to be a fun class and I'm on a mission to have every teacher at Northern. Not really. I am not really intrigued by ancient civilizations because I honestly don't have an expansive knowledge of them. But I hope to recieve a better understanding of the civilizations, be able to compare it to today's society, and become a blogger. well not out of choice.