What If You Went to the Most Ancient Civilizations?

What If You Went to the Most Ancient Civilizations?

Fuzzy and Nutz have been on a journey through
time, helping us answer questions like what were the worst natural disasters in history,
what were some of the worst jobs ever, and what was life like in the Stone Age. Today though, Fuzzy and Nutz have landed five
thousand years in the past, and are going to help us see what were some of mankind’s
earliest civilizations! Spanning an astonishing 30 centuries, ancient
Egypt was one of the earliest and most long-lived of all human civilizations. It’s thought that wandering tribes of hunter-gatherers
began to settle along the banks of the Nile as far as eight thousand years ago, but it
wasn’t until about 3400 BC that the first true kingdoms arose on the Nile. The Red Land occupied the Nile River Delta
and stretched south as far as Atfih, while the White Land in the south stretched from
Atfigh to Gebel es-Silsila. It was a southern King, Scorpion, who made
the first attempts to unify the Nile by invading the North, but it wasn’t until 3100 BC that
King Menes subdued the north and unified the country. Life along the Nile was far better than most
other places, with the seasona l flooding providing rich farmland and abundant crops. The mighty Nile also allowed early Egyptians
to freely trade up and down its length, moving goods easily from distant places. Known as the most prolific monument builders
of all time, the ancient Egyptians lined the deserts around the Nile with impressive pyramids,
obelisks, and tombs, creating some of the few world wonders that stand to this day. Founded some time around 2500 BC, Babylon
is most widely known today for King Hammurabi and his ancient code of laws. Widely recognized as one of the earliest forms
of civic code, the Code of Hammurabi was an extensive code of laws that dictated everything
from laws, punishments, and policies ranging from the wages to be paid to ox drivers or
surgeons, to the liability of a builder for a house that collapses, and even provisions
for judges who reach incorrect decisions and must be fined and removed from the bench permanently. An extraordinarily progressive set of government
policies for its time, its like wouldn’t be seen again across most of the world for thousands
of years. But Babylon was famous for more than just
the Code of Hammurabi, and was widely known throughout the ancient world for housing one
of the most incredible wonders of the world- the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Described in ancient texts across nearly every
civilization, the lost gardens featured terraces full of flowers and fruit trees watered by
ingenuous mechanically driven water wheels that reached several stories in height. Despite their mention in texts around the
ancient world, no physical site for the ancient gardens has ever been discovered, leaving
some archaeologists to believe that they may have been a myth all along. The most advanced civilization of the ‘new
world’, the Maya civilization got its start around 2000 BC. Rather than a unified kingdom though, Mayan
civilization consisted of multiple city-states with complex networks of alliances or enmities,
often waging war against each other. As Mayan rulers were expected to be powerful
war leaders, constant raids for captives to sacrifice or enslave were a part of daily
life, and many smaller city-states quickly fell in line with their more powerful neighbors
forming alliances. At the height of its power though, Mayan civilization
sported the most advanced form of written language in the Americas, and made great strides
in the fields of astronomy, with their temples having some geographical orientation to the
stars above. Those temples however are best known for the
practice of blood sacrifices, which in ancient Mayan civilization was seen as the best way
to appease their belligerent Gods. Human sacrifice though was the ultimate of
offerings, and Mayans often sacrificed slaves captured in war. The world of the ancient Egyptians, Babylonians,
and Mayans was a dangerous one, but as Fuzzy and Nutz will discover next time, there’s
been far more dangerous times to live in Earth’s history…

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

100 thoughts on “What If You Went to the Most Ancient Civilizations?

  1. There has been a debunk on that, its been proven by water erosion around the sphinx that this civilization is duoble the age then we thought it was

  2. The hanging gardens of Babylon were built on the orders of King Nebuchadnezzar II. The king built it for his wife Queen Amytis because she missed the green hills and valleys of her homeland.

    He was mention in the bible where he asks Daniel about a dream he had and requested his help in deciphering what it means.The story was written off as historical fiction by scholars

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