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N How did Egypt’s geography contribute to the rise of a unique culture, and what was the role of the pharaoh in this society? The Hittites and the End of an Era, ca. 1640–1100 B . C . E . n How did the Hittites rise to power, and how did they and other civilizations of the Near East fare in response to the attack of foreign invaders? Understanding Western History What factors are key to understanding the meaning of “the West” and Western civilization? n Most human groups have left some record of themselves.
They could borrow money, and many slaves were patriarchal Societies in which able to buy their freedom. most power is held by older Each of these social cateadult men, especially those from gories included both men and the elite groups. women, but their experiences 14 ﬁll your belly with good things; day and night, night and day, dance and be merry, feast and rejoice. Let your clothes be fresh, bathe yourself in water, cherish the little child that holds your hand, and make your wife happy in your embrace; for this too is the lot of man.
It also meant a particular way of thinking and believing, a particular style of art, and other facets of culture. Civilizations thus had diﬀerent sizes. For example, when How did early peoples evolve from bands discussing the ancient city of Athens, some historians of hunter-gatherers to settled farming spoke of Athenian civilization and others Greek civilicommunities? n zation. As discussed above, others came to view Athens as part of Western civilization, a very large division of human society.