Term Definition
conquer To defeat or take over.
cuneiform A system of writing in which wedge-shaped symbols represented words or syllables.
dynasty A series of rulers from a single family.
empire A group of states or territories controlled by one ruler.
Gilgamesh A legendary Sumerian king who was the hero of an epic collection of mythic stories.
polytheism The worship of many gods.
Sargon Leader of the Akkadians who overran the Sumerian city-state and set up the first empire.
scribe A professional writer or record keeper.
society An organized community with established rules and traditions.
Sumer A group of ancient city-states in southern Mesopotamia; the earliest civilization in Mesopotamia.
ziggurat A series of stacked rectangular platforms that formed a huge pyramid-shaped structure; was believed to go the the heavens and Earth.
Ch 2, L2 Vocabulary

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