Excerpt from Ancient History at a Glance
A number of things happened around the year 2000 BC.
The empire of Sargon arose. Sargon came from Akkad (see map). He was a skilled soldier who built a huge army. He conquered the whole of Sumer and Akkad, possibly creating the world’s first empire.
Abraham was born around this time. As told in the Bible, he lived in Ur before going to Canaan. He is the father of the Israelites (Jews). It is of Abraham’s linage that Jesus Christ was born. Abraham is the father of three major religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
An advanced civilization developed in India, along the Indus Valley. Its major cities were Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa. They were carefully planned. In the middle of each city was a walled fortress. Each house was built around an open courtyard and had two or more stories. Houses had bathrooms with a toilet connected to a drain that ran under the street.
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