Mesopotamia: Crash Course World History #3

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Jan van der Crabben
by CrashCourse
published on 18 February 2015
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In which John presents Mesopotamia, and the early civilizations that arose around the Fertile Crescent. Topics covered include the birth of territorial kingdoms, empires, Neo-Assyrian torture tactics, sacred marriages, ancient labor practices, the world's first law code, and the great failed romance of John's undergrad years.

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The British Museum's Mesopotamia site:

The Epic of Gilgamesh: or get a hard copy at

Mesopotamia: Assyrians, Sumerians, Babylonians by Enrico Ascalone:

The Mesopotamians by TMBG:

Written by Raoul Meyer and John Green
Produced by Stan Muller
Animations by Smart Bubble Society:
Thought Bubble team:
Suzanna Brusikiewicz
Jonathon Corbiere
Allan Levy
Jin Kyung Myung
James Tuer
Adam Winnik
Original Music: Jason Weidner
Script Supervisor & Doll Costumer: Danica Johnson
Set Design: Donna Sink
Props: Brian McCutcheon

Photos courtesy of:
Marie Lan-Nguyen

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