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Dang 1 Nguyen Dang Marshall WHAP Period 5 29 September 2013 Water DBQ Between the time periods of 8000 BCE to 600 CE ancient civilizations acquired various uses and meanings for water For instance technology such as aqueducts and water systems helped establish further advantages of the uses of water which also encourages agriculture to thrive In addition water was also a necessary tool used in religion Water was used largely in religion in that it was a source of mystical belief and a necessary tool for proper worship doc 6 8 11 During this time period every ancient civilization had its own religion or belief system and each system or religion developed its own source of beliefs For example the Wadi Essiah believed that their Well of Essences was the source of all life doc 6 It is said that one of their important religious figures Yeshua and his followers would have drunk water from the well and its wine and fresh gardens produce created from its healing waters doc 6 The Rid Veda appears appreciative to water because of its spiritual take on the importance of water to life stating that water is the soul of the world and it provides us with vigor however it provides no additional information explaining exactly what the Rig Veda is or what religion or belief these statements belong or relate to thus making the Rig Veda a questionable source doc 8 Nonetheless clearly water was an important source of belief for several ancient civilizations With religion came the development of proper rituals and ceremonies for worship In many ancient civilizations water was used as a tool of proper worship According to Surah one must wash one s entire body to prepare for prayer doc 11 In Dang 2 this case water was used to cleanse oneself of impurity before praying In all cases water was a source of some sort of belief either it was the source of life doc 6 8 or cleanliness for worshipping doc 11 Many new advances of technology in waterworks such as aqueducts and water systems pipes and fountains used by the ancient societies allowed them to use water to their advantage doc 2 5 7 In Greece and Rome aqueducts and intricate water systems were widely used They had aqueducts that would bring water to the pipes which would bring water to baths and homes doc 2 The water brought to the people allowed them to use it for cooking bathing cleaning even irrigation for crops doc 2 5 Strabo appears admirable to and proud of the engineered waterworks of the Greeks because he calls the building of the pyramids idle and useless in comparison to the aqueducts and water pipes built by the Greeks and offers more explanation of how the water is brought to the houses of the people However since Strabo is a Greek himself his view is indeed somewhat biased doc 5 The Greeks and Romans were not the only ones to build great waterways that helped their civilization thrive In August 23 2006 archeologists discovered ancient Biblical water systems that were remolded by the various peoples who ruled the Holy Land especially the Persians to fit their needs doc 7 Water supply was important to the peoples of the Middle East because the region was and still is desert The source would be much clearer if it mapped out the aqueducts and waterways built in a city of Greece Technological advances in waterworks provided a greater water supply for the ancient civilizations of that time These new technological advances in waterworks helped agriculture in the ancient societies thrive doc 1 5 7 Many of the waterworks that were built were largely used for agriculture The Babylonians used dams and ditches for irrigation purposes according to the Dang 3 Code of Hammurabi doc 1 The Greeks and Romans built aqueducts and water systems not only for public uses such as fountains and bathing areas but also for agriculture doc 5 The aqueducts and water systems allowed further advancements in irrigation to help their crops and produce grow successfully especially since the soil in Greece and Rome is very difficult to work with the advancements in irrigation helped farmers overcome some of the harsh conditions of the Greek and Roman soil The archeologists in Israel who discovered were awed by the ancient Biblical waterways they discovered in 2006 for they expressed the waterways as a thing of beauty and seemed impressed with the developments and modifications of the waterways due to the fact that the Middle East region is mostly desert where water is scarce the waterways provided water for their people to use including for agriculture Because the source is news report from CNN usually new reports are biased however the author of the article Ramat Rachel does provide information beyond the discovery of the Biblical waterway itself such as background information about the remodeling of the waterway that support their main topic making their point of view credible However it would be interesting to know what the modifications made on the waterway were Still the waterway provided a source of water and irrigation for the crops grown in the Middle East since the region is mostly desert where water is scarce Agriculture is what allowed these civilizations to thrive The ancient societies in 8000 BCE to 600 CE used water various ways Technological advances in waterworks helped these ancient societies use water to their full advantage which also allowed agriculture to flourish Water was also used as an essential tool for religious worship and the basis of belief

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