Rivers – The Essence of Civilization: Water Management in Ancient Mesopotamia and Its Powerful Role Throughout Mythology and History
Within the framework of the project “Clean Tigris- Dialogue Programme for Sustainable Peace in Mesopotamia” elbarlament published a book on sustainable solutions for issues such as climate change, water pollution and conflict due to water scarcity in the Land Between Two Rivers.
In the fourth chapter of the book, Iraqi-German archaeologist Lanah Haddad writes about the role of water management throughout mythology and history. From the creation of the rivers by the ancient gods to regulation and policymaking on water control reflected in ancient codes and laws, this chapter shows how important the rivers were in ancient Mesopotamia and how they continue to have an indispensable role in the modern state of Iraq. In her words, ‘looking into ancient resources provides us with fruitful inspiration for the coming generation to create a better future’.
Download the full chapter here.
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