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Ancient civilisations: Mesopotamia

MESOPOTAMIA was a region in the Middle East where some of the world’s earliest civilisations developed. It encompassed today’s Iraq and parts of Iran, Syria and Turkey.

Because so many innovative and sophisticated societies were found in this area, Mesopotamia is often called the “cradle of civilisation”. Let’s find out more.


Mesopotamia wasn’t a country but a fertile region between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. In Greek, the word “mesopotamia” means “the land between the rivers”.

Along with Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia is also known as the because of the region’s rich soil, which encouraged the development of agriculture. Other civilisations that arose around the same time in other parts of the world include those and .

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