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★ Ancient Mesopotamia (5000 B.C)was located between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.

★ Mesopotamia means "the land between the rivers" in Greek.

★ It is often called the "cradle of civilization" because Mesopotamia was the location of the world's first civilization.

★ The region today is called Iraq.

★ The earliest inhabitants of ancient Mesopotamia were called Sumerians.

★ The Sumerians had a very advanced culture and provided many technological advancements.

★ When a new people called the Amorites conquered Mesopotamia about 2000 B. c. , they founded a great new capital city of Babylon ; the area henceforth came to be known as Babylonia .

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