Reply To: Lecture2 Mesopotamia


Dr. Jewell,
you mentioned theories there about why civilizations first arose.
It really surprised me that you said that the Mesopotamian one is
an evidence to the ‘Challenge response’ theory.
But just a minute before that you spoke about good farmland and
easiness of cultivating. The very name ‘Fertile Crescent’ rings a bell, doesn’t it?
Do you emotionally like the ‘Challenge response’ theory?
Can you please provide any obvious evidence against that ‘prosperity’ theory? Any civilization that grew up in an unfavourable place?