Rise of Sumer: Cradle of Civilization DOCUMENTARY


Two thousand years ago, ancient civilisations
such as the Roman Empire in the West and the Han Dynasty in the East had risen to prominence.
In the modern Middle East, the Parthian Empire ruled ancient Persia and the surrounding regions
from their main capital at Ctesiphon. These cultures are known to us as being almost unfathomably
ancient, but what was ancient to them? Six thousand years ago – four thousand years before
Augustus created the Roman Empire, one of the first true urban settlements emerged in
the ancient region of Sumer. Its people’s accomplishments sowed the seeds for civilisation
to spread, first to the ancient near east, and then the entire world. Welcome to our
series on the ancient Near East, beginning with the period from Uruk to Akkad.
Beginning in the aftermath of the last ice age – 10,000 years ago – the human population
of Mesopotamia and several other regions gradually began to adopt a more settled mode of living.
This was a lifestyle which contrasted with the earlier ways in which humans had survived
– most commonly by functioning as hunter-gatherers. They would begin to cultivate, modify, plant
and harvest crops in the earliest forms of agriculture and herd animals.
Many humans gradually began to live in this manner in small village communities, while
others retained their primal hunter-gatherer lifestyle. However, over the thousands of
years following the glacial retreat, agricultural lifestyles increased in popularity. In ancient
Mesopotamia, the increased surpluses of food generated by agricultural production would
soon lead to the blossoming of civilisation’s first seeds.
At this point it is important to detail the unique geographical and environmental state
of Mesopotamia, and to understand how this affected the development of civilization there.
The name itself literally means ‘Land between rivers’ – specifically the Tigris and Euphrates.
The latter of these water courses was given the name Buranun by the native Sumerians,
a word meaning ‘Great Rushing Flood’, a phenomenon which would define the relationship
of the native people with their gods and land. Consequently, many prominent Mesopotamian
deities such as Enlil, the chief god of the pantheon, were related to wind, air and storms.
The faithful of Sumer would seek to appease these gods to stave off the common devastating
and inexplicable flash floods which struck the region, made worse by the flat nature
of the Tigris-Euphrates plain. For instance, on one occasion in Sumerian myth, Enlil destroyed
all of humanity with a flood simply because they were too noisy – showing the arbitrary
and often capricious nature of the Mesopotamian gods.
Early village settlements in the ‘land between rivers’ required most or all of the population
to be engaged in the production of food. This was known as the Ubaid period – which lasted
from around 6,500 to 3,800BC – of which Eridu was a prominent settlement. However, the increasing
food surplus allowed the maintenance of full-time specialised workers who were not engaged in
agriculture, such as merchants, weavers, metallurgists and craftsmen. It is worth noting that the
taxation and redistribution of food supplies lead to the formation of governments.
The first true city of the Mesopotamian area is disputed, but most historians believe that
it was the famous urban centre at Uruk, whose urban way of life was indisputably superior
to all of its surrounding contemporaries. Huge buildings were present, as well as social
hierarchy, high officials and temple-sponsored craft workshops. This early city developed
a stratified society and was initially not ruled by a king as we know them, but a high
priest of the temples. There were two of these temple complexes in Uruk – the Eanna district
and the older Anu district. This proto-king’s power was derived from
his leading role in the temple itself, representing the various gods and goddesses of Sumer. Just
below the ‘priest-king’ in status were the keepers, scribes, priests and administrators
whose activities were meant to ensure the community’s organisation and cohesion. At
the bottom of the hierarchy were the producers, such as farmers and fishermen. The very first
systems of writing also developed in this period, possibly as a memory aid for the recording
of tributes, taxes and distributions of surplus food – and were mainly based on simple symbols,
rather than representing a spoken language. From 3,500 BC onwards, the influence of Uruk
over the surrounding areas became increasingly clear to see. The buildings of the ascendant
city and its iconic and pioneering mass-produced pottery and tools also found themselves in
settlements all across the near-east from Syria to Iran, such as Susa. The people who
brought them probably settled in existing towns with existing populations, made colonies
of their own in unoccupied land or even invaded other settlements violently from their dominant
position in Uruk. The latter phenomenon occurred at Tell Hamoukar,
where native architecture was burned and destroyed, followed by the construction of buildings
in the Uruk style – the earliest noted occurrence of organised warfare. The pseudo-colonial
effort may have been attempted in order to obtain resources which were not present in
resource-poor Mesopotamia, such as wood, obsidian, stone or metals, rather than it being a conscious
effort to forge an Empire. Attesting to the far-reaching nature of Uruk’s
civilisation at this time, it is also thought that they had a presence in Egypt as well
– whose tombs in the predynastic period began to be constructed in the Uruk niche and buttress
style. However, around the year 2,900 BC, it seems that the Uruk colonies such as Habuba
Kebira abruptly disappear from outside southern Mesopotamia. Meanwhile, Uruk itself appears
to have been razed in some devastating event and gradually lost its hegemonic status. We
do not know exactly what happened to end the Uruk period, but it could have been that those
‘colonised’ individuals rebelled against Uruk, or a civil war occurred between different
factions in the city. Over the centuries following the decline of
Uruk, a number of Sumerian city-states emerged and grew in size. This created a political
map which would have appeared similar to Ancient Greece and its network of city states. These
city-states mostly consisted of an urban centre and a hinterland consisting of various villages.
Examples of such city-states included Lagash, Umma, Ur, Nippur, Eridu, Larsa and Uruk itself
– which retained its power, but not its hegemony. In the centuries from 2,900 to around 2,350
BC, known as the Early Dynastic Period, the population of Sumer grew dramatically, possibly
due to immigration from other regions or increasing agricultural productivity. This strained the
resources of the various city-states and necessitated territorial expansion, leading to continuous
inter-city conflicts over border regions. The military leaders during these small-scale
wars were often elected by a popular assembly in a form of primitive democracy, though this
soon unravelled into a dynastic system. These military leaders are said to have been the
first kings or ‘Lugals’ – Literally ‘Great Men’. Also in this period, another dominant
structure emerged to rival the temple: The palace – house of kings. The iconic Gilgamesh
is thought to have been a historical king of Uruk in the Early Dynastic Period, possibly
reigning around 2,800 to 2,500BC – though the tale also could have been based on a mythical
figure. We have a documented account of one of the
many border conflicts over a 150-year period from 2,500 to 2,350 BC. The kings of Lagash,
wealthy on account of their prosperous agriculture and position on a trade route to Susa, wrote
their accounts of a continuous border conflict with their western neighbor – the city of
Umma. Owing to the prominence of agriculture in the economies of ancient Mesopotamia, these
two rival city-states engaged in a conflict over the region of Gu’edena – which was
rich in fields and pasturelands. One victorious King, Eannatum of Lagash, portrayed
himself as a champion of his respective local god. Ningursu of Lagash and Sharu of Umma
were depicted as the lords of the conflict, using the kings of the various cities as their
deputies. It is interesting to note that this initial borderland between Umma and Lagash
was reportedly drawn by Enlil of Nippur – the supreme god, and this again indicates his
prominence in Mesopotamian religion. Due to the amount of victory inscriptions by the
kings of Lagash during this conflict, it can be inferred that they were dominant.
While the temple had largely lost its political dominance over Sumerian city-states to the
Kings at this point, the economic and ideological position of the temple remained strong. They
were a ‘total institution’, comprising spaces dedicated to the gods – only accessible
by high priestly officials, courtyards for communal gatherings, storehouses for the accumulation
and distribution of food surpluses, archives and workshops. Another example of the ideological
dominance of religion is that while the king would lead the military action, the outcome
would be credited to and determined by the will of the city god. The concept of city
gods is worth further discussion: During this time of relative equilibrium between
the many city-states of lower Mesopotamia, each political entity housed one of the Sumerian
gods. For instance, Ur was the home of Nanna, god of the moon and wisdom, while Uruk housed
Inanna, goddess of war and fertility. Most prominent was the long-lasting city of Nippur
which sat on the border between Sumer and Akkad to the north. Its patron god was Enlil
– considered as the supreme god of the Mesopotamian pantheon. Many prospective kings of cities
such as Ur containing lesser gods commonly sought the recognition of Nippur, due to its
prominent religious position. The period of labyrinthine diplomatic and
military relations between the many Sumerian city-states gradually began to give way to
additional centralisation in the region by the later 3rd millennium BC. Why this happened
is not known, but it is possible that the rulers in this period had heard of the now-unified
Old Kingdom of Egypt, which ruled the entirety of the Nile river valley and built the famous
pyramids, and wished to emulate their power and wealth.
For a century and a half, Umma had been humbled by their more powerful neighbor of Lagash
– but this was soon to change. A dynamic new ruler – Lugalzagesi, ascended to the kingship
in Umma and began to expand his realm, hungering for revenge against Lagash. He first conquered
the prominent cities of Ur and Uruk, before defeating his rival, sacking the city and
plundering its temples of rich goods. Having established this territorial kingdom by 2,350BC,
Lugalzagesi moved his capital to the prestigious city of Uruk – establishing the Third Dynasty
of that city. However, this new kingdom would not last for long, and soon a figure from
north of Sumer would create the first true Empire in history. Our series on the history of the Mesopotamian
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  1. Hey guys, 1$ on patreon gives you access to our discord and early access to our videos: https://www.patreon.com/kingsandgenerals

  2. If interested…….according to Anthropologist Mitchell S. Rothman regarding the extent  of discoveries and specially on the quality of horse bones proved, According to him, that it was from the Shangavit Armenian 6000 years ago that the culture of that area spread around to the ancient world…also ..if interested…Professor Jensen also says.  ‘For almost everything that is known in the Hittite language is Old Armenian in form..Historian Sayce (1845-1933) also consider Hittite and Armenian to be one and the same’.  and Rothman, quoted earlier, said…''All that was known in Mesopotamia came from Armenia and that Armenia is the absent fragment in the entire mosaic of the ancient world's civilization's construction. H.V. Hilprecht(1859-1925) a Clark research professor of Assyriology and scientific director Babylonian expedition at the University of Penn. argue that the Hittite tongue is Armenian and the Hittites themselves were of Armenian stock…according to Ellis (1861)  through language analysis we observe that under the names of Phrygians, Thracians, Pelasgians and Etruscans spread westward from Armenia to Italy and Elis claimed that the closest affinities of the Aryan element are the Armenians ..other historians
    that agree are..Hellenthal, Busgy, Brand, Wilson, Myers and Falush…

  3. let me quote Merrick (2012) All religions are descended from and ancient Vedic cosmology described in the Rib – Veda, originating in Armenia near Mt. Ararat at least 6800 ys ago and the basic concepts of a transcendental mountain extending into space and populated planet Star-gods were developed…he further says…This Astrotheology then migrated with Armenian Aryans to found the Sumerian Ethiopian/Egyptian and Indian civilizations and religions…from Language as  a fingerprint Setyan…

  4. Lol it’s funny how our knowledge in history will often skip 100s of years at a time. Makes you think about how much we really know.

  5. Cradle, my ass. The land is shit, desert. Nothing there. What did they do really? Conquer the world? Invent something everybody uses? Just a part of the world where nobody would choose it because it's shit. Most of this is just guessing or what they want it to be.

  6. Aren't Sumerians accused of being aliens, but they also made the 60 second into minute and 60 minutes into hour, and the Egyptians took it from there on.

  7. AS YOU CAN SEE THIS IS WHAT YOU CALL CIVILZATION LIVING IN A LAND OF SCARCITY WAR COLONALISM MONOPOLY OF BRUTAL FORCE AND MYTH  THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH FREEDOM  THIS EASTERN WESTERN MENTALITY OF MIGHT IS RIGHT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH PEACE SO DON'T BE FOOLED AND DON'T FORGET SISTERS & BROTHERS WE ARE NOT FROM SUMER

  8. Your time spans are totally wrong,the hunter gathers was a product of people that survived a destroyed civilization,wake up.

  9. new stuff has been found in turkey and the americas,…making this area no longer the cradle as they predate it…also the temples in the ground in south amerca and turkey are from the ice age..Also dna is showing people from the assie area went to south america also predates this ,so everyone being hunter gathers is now looking like that time is way back before the younger drays or so..

  10. It really feels like Sumer, Babylon and Mesopotamia in general are pretty overshadowed by Egypt, Greece and even the Maians. Possibly due to the long-term western presence in these areas more so than Iraq. Such a shame, there should be more Archeology done in Iraq, there's so much to discover

  11. Meso-potamia…2.21" the name itsel means the land between rivers" … agreed!…… Could u quote in which language? Mesopotamia ?….. my grand father was born in a village called mesopotamia … could u guess his nationality?……

  12. First Sumerian cunieform 3500 BC. There is nothing more clear and factual about that area than the Bible. The Noahic flood attested to in the 1800 BC Babylonian Cunieform tablet dated 1800 BC. (cf Irving Finkel curator of the British Museum ) Info on Uruk is quite accurate though one need understand that the tower of Babel incident scattered not only languages (most tribes moved northward toward Mongolia and then east and later SE where languages diversified into tonal languages. Names of places through the then known world can be matched with offsping of Noah from the Bible in Genesis 9-12.

  13. The sumerian Civilization is the first civilization starting with Adam and Eve,and is the foundation of white(Caucasian) civilization.

  14. In fact 'Sumer' or 'Shumer' was called 'Ki-En-Gir' (land of the civilized kings / Kingdom of the Blazing Fire) by people who lived there in that time 6000 years ago. The name 'Ki-En-Gir' was the original name of this ancient civilization, the first occupiers of 'Ki-En-Gir', the Akkadians changed the name to sumer.

  15. Really? You might not have evidence for Ancient Egyptian cities at that point in history, but when you indicate regions with the earliest settled lifestyles and agriculture, you don't indicate Egypt? What an absolute disgrace. I thought this channel was better than this.

  16. Cradle of Civilization well of their Civilization , your missing out the rest of them their was more i bet you your youtube channel lol
    You got some under the sea that maybe older then this one under the tree and so on ! .

  17. THIS VIDEO IS AS INFORMATIVE AS AN EPISODE OF SPONGE BOB – SUMERIAN IS A "LANGUAGE ISOLATE" AND HAS NEVER BEEN DECIPHERED – ALL TRANSLATIONS AS WELL AS ALL OF YOUR "SUMERIAN" REPRESENTATIONS, ACTUALLY COME FROM THE INVADERS AND MURDERERS OF THE SUMERIANS, THE AKKADIANS AND ASSYRIANS. "ANU" (ANU-ET FEMININE) IS THE ORIGINAL NAME OF THE PEOPLE (AND THEIR PRIMARY DEITIES) OF SUMER, AND ALL MEMBERS OF THE PREVIOUS WORLDWIDE CIVILIZATION, INCLUDING KEMIT, INDUS KUSH, MINOANS, CANAANITES, HONGSHAN, AINU, MOUNDBUILDERS, OLMEC AND OTHERS. "NAK" IN AKKADIAN, NIK IN ASSYRIAN, MEANS TO KILL OR DESTROY. THEREFORE ANU-NAKI ACTUALLY MEANS "ANU KILLER." – THEY WERE THE FIRST "KILLER GODS" AND THE ARCHETYPE FOR THE CURRENT MONOTHEISTIC MANIFESTATIONS. THE ANUNNAKI DID NOT CREATE 'MAN', THEY CREATED 'MANKIND' – It's really simple, check your Holy Book, if your 'God' tells you that you are 'CHOSEN' and it's OK to KILL or ENSLAVE someone and take what they have, then you are following a 'Killer God'. Those guys with the fish costumes and the little (plague) bags are representations of the Anunnaki, who were the 'gods'of the invaders of Sumer, the Akkadians and Assyrians. The pine cones, actually 3 chemicals found within it, were used to 'splice' Neanderthal genes onto the Homo Sapien Y and chromosomes 2, 3, 4, 9, 11, 12, and possibly 7. These Neanderthal gene 'insertions', make up between 3 to 8% of the total Homo Sapien/Neanderthal hybrid genome. This Homo Sapien/Neanderthal hybrid was the first Anunnaki 'slave'. These Anunnaki 'Killer Gods' LATER morphed into the current Killer Gods – The gods of the Jews, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Atheists, Communists and Capitalists. What these Killer Gods, and their Murderous Followers, have in common is Collective Antipathy, White Supremacy, Patriarchy, Ritualized Child Abuse, Slavery, Gold Hoarding and Mass Murder. These Homo Sapien/Neanderthal hybrids, run the world today, and control ALL Religious and Secular institutions. They produce ALL the weapons used in ALL the wars and whose 'technology', has killed BILLIONS, pushed countless species to extinction and brought us all to the Brink of Planetary Destruction. I sincerely hope more of you will find the god within, in order to perceive the god within everything else, for the time is short…

  18. I like how the early farmers (1:30) are portrayed in white dresses and a lot of sunlight, whereas the hunter-gatherers are dark/shaded….as if one lifestyle was better than the other. Kinda ironic especially since the agricultural revolution brought so much more , death and disease because of people living very close together, not moving, living in and around their own waste and being mostly dependent on 1 (or 2) sources of food.

  19. The Ubaid period didn't start in 6500 but in the half/end of the VI millennia B.C.E. In the VII millennia Northern Mesopotamia there where Neolithic ceramic cultures like the Umm Dabaghiya-Tell Sotto and Hassuna cultures, while in the south permanent and sedentary human presence was just starting (VII-VI millennia).

  20. Delta civilizations had the most enduring cities. Tigris and Euphrates, Nile and Indus. Spring floods protected land from exhaustion and cities could thrive indefinitely.

  21. Its proably the perv in me but that zoom in on sumer kinda resembles a womans VV. At least sumer was located around the womb area.
    That part is kinda cool to me.

  22. "Iraq is steeped in history. It is the site of the Garden of Eden, of the Great Flood and the birthplace of Abraham. Tread lightly there. You will see things that no man could pay to see and you will have to go a long way to find a more decent, generous and upright people than the Iraqis. You will be embarrassed by their hospitality even though they have nothing. Don't treat them as refugees for they are in their own country. Their children will be poor, in years to come they will know that the light of liberation in their lives was brought by you." Colonel Tim Collins, British Army, during the prelude to the Iraq War.

  23. Sumer wasn’t even close to the first wave of civilization. There’s been wave after wave destroyed before them including one global civilization of mankind and a preceding civilization of Jinn. 4000-6000 years is not ancient compared to 10-20000 year old civilizations.

  24. 11:47 This relates to what one book said, forgot the name, it said that back then most wars and religions started inspired by the gods worshiped specifically in certain places and regions. Other gods were considered as demons if they are of a rival city or a city in conflict. Other people from other nations were considered infidels or lower/non-humans.
    This sentiment reflects to what extremists of any belief would think, no matter what religion or teaching; Buddhists in Burma in conflict with people in Rohingya, Jews who believe Israel should not exist versus those that live there, Shiites against Sunis, "Christian" extremists condemning everyone else.

  25. assume the great flood narrative is a story of glacial melt period, before writing. lowest elevation civilization turned into Atlantis myth(!)

  26. 2:46 Shit like this is why in RPGs my characters always attacks "divine" beings on sights. They're just bigger monsters! It's also a big reason I'm an Anti-Theist IRL. Even if god(s) are real nyahhh! (middle finger to all mythological supernatural tyrants)

  27. Sumerian is not the createl civilizations is in Balkans go read about tablets of tartaria 1000 years before sumerian they invented riting agriculture

  28. Some interesting facts about Sumer language:
    Kir (sumer) = kir (turkic) -> mud, dirt in English
    Tingir = Tenger/ Tengri (Turkic) -> God (English)

  29. Kings and Generals Sumer is not the cradle of civilization, in fact Sumer was a colony of the Egyptians founded by Pharaoh Sumerkhet. Egypt alone is older than anything in the so called M.E. let alone Napta Playa in the Nubian desert which is even older than Egypt itself, so much misinformation (onpurpose)

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    anu was the suprime god… enlil was a secind class god of sweet water.
    besude anu belet ili rules before the war of gender. After it anu, enki and ea the highest of the the male god vote ishtar (innana, astarte, astaroth, isis, ect) to the queen.

    cobfusion of demon kneelers wich call a demon of the dessert "god"…

    you think with superficial reading of anything without living it you can enter the light of ilu? and understand the forces beyond it?

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    I would suggest to watch my videos…

    especialy "the origin of humans" and "the big thing explained"

    sumerian writings… always cut out the real i treyting writings a bit older then that blah…

    or about sajaha…

    all dont exist… people dont have to know…

    that demons can rule… with their goverments and human existence not revealved at that what is is…

    a desperate try to prevent riots… and after ypur creators was beaten… the demon culture you to that sickness…

    35 years… I would recomend to begin to worship truth…

    or the lie you follow will wipe you out.

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  32. Lol when you said pasturelands, I thought you said pestilence. (In sumerian) "oh boy, I sure could use more pestilence! For… biological warfare, of course"

  33. This flood and floods were first described in the Indus Valley, in the Indian Continent, and the ice and waterand floods came from the Himalayas, with the telling of a story before Noah/Noh who was told by Rishtys, or wise men, to build a boat and put all the seeds needed to rebuild the farms after the floods had gone.

  34. Although Sumer is most uknown to the average person, it is the first ever moderm human civilization which developed many sciences to which the rest emerged from

  35. 4000 BC is quoted as 4000 years before Augustus created the Roman Empire and not as 4000 years before Christ. 
    How much does the narrator is trying to erase even the mention of Christianity?

  36. I believe the theory that man settled and took up agriculture in order to grow crops to make beer. Sounds like something humans would do.

  37. Anu a God King of the Sumerians, It was said that the Anunaki were the giant winged Gods of the race and made the Sumerians slaves by manipulating their genes to produce a worker class, then an uprising to stop the Kings, then a major flood almost wiped out every part of that civilization An end to the Anunaki influence

  38. Gilgamesh that you spoke about is no mythical figure he is Nimrod. i figured the years givin in the bible and Nimrod was born around 2840 b.c. so he created uruk akkad calneh ninevah all them cities in the 2700's 2600's and the division of the tongues and people happend about 2570 b.c. 300 years later… akkadian empire and the rest is history.

  39. I’ve watched so far five minutes of this and this is the best video I’ve watched explaining something to me, the words and pictures are so well put. Please be my high school teacher 👨‍🏫 😂

  40. Actually, it is eight thousand years ago, the Sixth Millennium BCE. Çatalhöyük precedes it by a thousand years. And Göbekli Tepe precedes Çatalhöyük by two to three thousand years…

    Would like to see you do videos on both…

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