from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- An ancient region of southwest Asia between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in modern-day Iraq. Probably settled before 5000 B.C., the area was the home of numerous early civilizations, including Sumer, Akkad, Babylonia, and Assyria. It declined in importance after Mongol invaders destroyed its extensive irrigation system in A.D. 1258.
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- proper n. A region in Southwest Asia spanning from the rivers Euphrates and Tigris that is the site of one of the most ancient civilizations in the history of man.
- proper n. The British Mandate of Mesopotamia, a League of Nations mandate from 1920 to 1932 that was the precursor to the independent state of Iraq.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the land between the Tigris and Euphrates; site of several ancient civilizations; part of what is now known as Iraq
Euphrates and Tigris as one country, that the term Mesopotamia in this broad sense may be retained, with the division suggested by George
In the strict sense, the term Mesopotamia should be limited to the territory lying between the Euphrates and the Tigris above their junction, in the neighborhood of Baghdad, and extending northwards to the confines of the Taurus range; while the district to the south of
I do want to note that the first grape cultivation and wine production are said to have started somewhere between 4000 and 6000 B.C. around the Caspian Sea and in Mesopotamia, which is present-day Iran.
The contrast between the gloomy war of the intelligentsia’s imagination and the real one on the ground in Mesopotamia is astonishing.
Now, assigning combat soldiers the task of nation-building in, say, Mesopotamia is akin to hiring a crew of lumberjacks to build a house in suburbia.
Pyramids have been around for 6000 years, starting with ziggarauts in Mesopotamia and being formed in Egypt (where they are most famous) and in North and South America, where Aztec and American Indian pyramids have been found.
The fertile land between the Euphrates and Tigris was called Mesopotamia “the land between the rivers” by the Greeks.
My dream job location is in Mesopotamia, maybe as a goat herder.
In the final chapter, leading up to the prehistoric-approaching-historic date of 4000BCE, Tattersall discusses the beginning of settlement and the inception of towns and eventual cities in Mesopotamia, in what is today Iraq.
Do I know what a peasant on a farm or temple-owned property was thinking in Mesopotamia 4000BC?