Mesopotamia


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Mes·o·po·ta·mi·a

 (mĕs′ə-pə-tā′mē-ə)
An ancient region of southwest Asia between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in modern-day Iraq. Probably settled before 5000 bc, the area was the home of numerous early civilizations, including Sumer, Akkad, Babylonia, and Assyria. It declined in importance after Mongol invaders destroyed its extensive irrigation system in ad 1258.

Mes′o·po·ta′mi·an adj. & n.

Mesopotamia

(ˌmɛsəpəˈteɪmɪə)
n
(Placename) a region of SW Asia between the lower and middle reaches of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers: site of several ancient civilizations
[Latin from Greek mesopotamia (khora) (the land) between rivers]

Mes•o•po•ta•mi•a

(ˌmɛs ə pəˈteɪ mi ə)

n.
an ancient region in W Asia between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers: now part of Iraq.
Mes`o•po•ta′mi•an, adj., n.

Mesopotamia

- Translates to "area or country between two rivers"—the Tigris and the Euphrates.
See also related terms for rivers.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Mesopotamia - the land between the Tigris and EuphratesMesopotamia - the land between the Tigris and Euphrates; site of several ancient civilizations; part of what is now known as Iraq
Akkadian - an ancient branch of the Semitic languages
Assyrian Akkadian, Assyrian - an extinct language of the Assyrians in ancient Mesopotamia
Al-Iraq, Irak, Iraq, Republic of Iraq - a republic in the Middle East in western Asia; the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia was in the area now known as Iraq
Babylon - the chief city of ancient Mesopotamia and capital of the ancient kingdom of Babylonia
Babylonia, Chaldaea, Chaldea - an ancient kingdom in southern Mesopotamia; Babylonia conquered Israel in the 6th century BC and exiled the Jews to Babylon (where Daniel became a counselor to the king)
Chaldaea, Chaldea - an ancient region of Mesopotamia lying between the Euphrates delta and the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Desert; settled in 1000 BC and destroyed by the Persians in 539 BC; reached the height of its power under Nebuchadnezzar II
Assyria - an ancient kingdom in northern Mesopotamia which is in present-day Iraq
Apsu - father of the gods and consort of Tiamat
Aruru - mother and earth goddess in Gilgamish epic; identified with Sumerian Ki and Ninkhursag
Dagan - god of agriculture and earth; counterpart of Phoenician Dagon
Ea - the Babylonian god of wisdom; son of Apsu and father of Marduk; counterpart of the Sumerian Enki; as one of the supreme triad including Anu and Bel he was assigned control of the watery element
Ereshkigal, Eresh-kigal, Ereshkigel - goddess of death and consort of Nergal
Namtar, Namtaru - a demon personifying death; messenger of the underworld goddess Ereshkigal bringing death to mankind
Nergal - (Akkadian) god ruling with his consort Ereshkigal the world of the dead
Ningal - (Akkadian) a goddess; wife of the Moon god Sin
Sin - (Akkadian) god of the Moon; counterpart of Sumerian Nanna
Tiamat - (Akkadian) mother of the gods and consort of Apsu
Translations
KahejõemaaMesopotaamia
KaksoisvirranmaaMesopotamia
Mezopotámia
MesopotamienTvåflodslandet

Mesopotamia

[ˌmesəpəˈteɪmɪə] NMesopotamia f

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nMesopotamien nt
References in classic literature ?
(Count of the Holy Roman Empire, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Brazen Crown, Perpetual Arch-Master of the Rosicrucian Masons of Mesopotamia; Attached (in Honorary Capacities) to Societies Musical, Societies Medical, Societies Philosophical, and Societies General Benevolent, throughout Europe; etc.
Andeus, a Syrian of Mesopotamia, was condemned for the opinion, as heretical.
Some forty centuries ago the city of Sodom was pillaged by the Arab princes of Mesopotamia, and among other prisoners they seized upon the patriarch Lot and brought him here on their way to their own possessions.
There was another good part, that of the king of Mesopotamia; but through so many interruptions, it was difficult to make out what end he served.
Many of the villages of Mesopotamia are built of second-hand bricks of a very good quality, obtained from the ruins of Babylon, and the cement on them is older and probably harder still.
He turned towards the lama, to whom he might as well have talked of Mesopotamia.
Establishing Value: Weight Measures in Early Mesopotamia
Exhibition on the history of Mesopotamia held in collaboration with the Iraqi Embassy and (KU) Museum
The exhibition under the theme "Rhythms of Mesopotamia" will start on April 3.
POTTERY from the Mesopotamia era, stone beads from the Indus Valley civilisation period and some ancient relics from Oman and the UAE have been unearthed in Bahrain, it has been revealed.
Srecko Katanec is looking forward to leading the Lions of Mesopotamia in the UAE.
Gods, Kings, and Merchants in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia. By DOMINIQUE CHARPIN.