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The Question of Identity: Ethnicity, Language, Religion, and Gender: Mesopotamia Before Islam

This module provides essays and lesson plans for teachers who want to introduce and investigate identity in Ancient Mesopotamia. Since its mix of various ethnic groups all shared many of the same cultural elements, self-identity in this culture involved aspects of language, religion, gender, and social status. It includes the following essays:

"Ethnicity and Language"

"Gender and Social Status"

"The Sumerians vs. the Akkadians"

"What Was the Legal and Social Status of Women?"

The Oriental Institute, The University of Chicago
Jennie Myers