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The Building of a Civilization Our civilization has been built by and impacted by countless civilizations before us Every aspect of our lives has been molded by the previous inhabitors of our world from whom we have gained the majority of our knowledge Groups such as the Sumerians the Phoenicians the Hebrews and the Persians made significant advancements which are still present today One of the earliest civilizations the Sumerians made numerous advancements concerning everyday life They were able to save man power by attaching an ox to a plow Evidence of the first wheeled behicle comes from Sumer Who knows where we would be without that advancement They are also given credit for the invention of the potters wheel which not only saves effort but also time in producing clay objects Their cuneiform writing paved the way for other civilizations concerning written records and eventually an occupation arose because of the ability to read and write The Phoenicians are most known for their accomplishments on the sea It is known they were great shipbuilders traders and navitators Aside from these accomplishments they also provided one of the greatest advancements for a civilization They perfected the alphabet By mastering the recently discovered idea of using pictures to represent sounds they were able to reduce the number of required written symbols from hundreds to twenty-two The Hebrews made few advancements concerning war diplomacy art or literature however their advancements concerning religion and ethics far exceeded any previous civilization Their new idea of monotheism produced what later would become three very dominant religions--Judaism Christianity and Islam The Persians created one of the largest empires in the history of the world They are the first civilization which united under one rule with equal rights members of different races Although their empire was vast their humane system of law and order kept peace
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