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There are many major civilizations in the world today. The first four major civilizations all formed in river valleys. These civilizations are Egypt on the Nile River, China on the Huang He River, India on the Indus River, and Mesopotamia on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. River valleys were a necessity in Early civilizations.

The Nile, a river that runs through Egypt played an important role in the creation of the civilization. The river was used for irrigation of their crops. The river made a good soil with a lot of silt. Egypt was called the breadbasket because it produced an incredible amount of grain and crops. The people of Egypt also new exactly when it would flood, therefore the people were prepared for the dangerous floods. The Tigris and Euphrates, two rivers that ran along the Mesopotamia civilization gave positive and negative impacts on the civilization. For example the river provided an irrigation system for the crops along the Fertile Crescent, the negative impact was that the people of Mesopotamia didn't know when the rivers would flood, so the flood ruined their crops and homes.

Many civilizations if not all of them were polytheistic, or believe in more than one god. In Ancient Egypt government and religion were closely related because Egyptians considered their pharaohs to be godly and they rule all. Egyptians were polytheistic they believed in the god RA or the sun god and Osiris who controlled life after death. They had many achievements, A system of writing "hieroglyphics"; pyramids and monuments made for pharaohs. They made a calendar of twelve months, and they were advanced in mortuary science or mummification. Mesopotamia was mostly made up of city--states that were usually governed by representatives such as a council of nobles and an assembly of citizens. Their king was not only a military official but a high priest as well.
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