CHW 3M: Examining Primary Sources

Our goal today is to examine a few important primary sources. In order to do this, however, we need to understand how to use primary source questions in the first place.

We will start by examining the Code of Hammurabi, the world’s first great legal code (written, as you might have guessed, by a ruler named Hammurabi). Remember that you don’t have to start at the beginning, or read every bit of the code. Instead, look for codes/laws that give you some insight into life in Mesopotamia:

http://www.wsu.edu/~dee/MESO/CODE.HTM

Next, we apply our primary source questions to the Rosetta Stone. Remember that the Rosetta Stone was the key that helped archaeologists unlock Egyptian hieroglyphics. You can find the 3D model here.

Finally, we will switch gears. We will briefly examine the geography of Ancient Egypt. Our goal is to understand how geography made civilization in the region more likely.

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