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Attributes That Have Influenced Western Civilization There have been major influences from ancient civilizations that have helped the development of our Western Civilization today Two major civilizations that have maybe contributed the most to our civilization are ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia Some of their contributions to our world today include farming sailing and navigation and the use of their calendar First and possibly the most important attribute that have come from the ancient civilizations is the art of farming The ancient Mesopotamians are credited with inventing farming Farming is in our civilization today is crucial for the survival of all mankind Roberts p48-50 Due to overpopulation and the increase of housing and development there are no natural areas for people to gather so farming is essential Without the development of farming people of the United States and people of the world would be starving Not only did the Mesopotamians develop farming but they also were able to use engineering to help make farming work For example the Mesopotamians developed dikes and cisterns that they used for irrigation Irrigation is still a significant part in farming today Roberts p48-50 Another attribute that has influenced the development of Western Civilizations is that of sailing and navigation Roberts p65 The people of Egypt taught themselves and others that followed how to build boats and sail The Egyptians also developed a system of navigation based on their knowledge of astronomy This is so essential to western civilization because with out shipbuilding and the teaching of sailing Western Civilization may never been found Without navigation and map making even if the Americas were found than how would they have ever been able to get back there time and again Also the techniques that the Egyptians used are not that different from the techniques that we use today Another style that is still pretty much used today is that of navigation Although we may not base our
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