1. Civilizations began around water and in conditions where the geography was favorable.

2. All civilizations contained the seven components of civilization:

A. Cities: Cities specialized in certain niches and were elaborate places. Cities equate to civilization

B. Central government and law codes: This established order and structure to societies

C. Writing and record keeping: This allowed future generations to build from the learning and achievements of those who came before them.

D. Highly organized religions: This added another layer of structure and order to civilized man.

E. Specialized jobs: A complex civilization needs specialized tasks to be performed in order for survival.

F. Complex technologies: Innovation and invention took the place of simple stone-age technologies.

3. With the exception of the Ancient Hebrews, these civilizations were polytheistic, meaning they worshipped multiple gods.

4. Civilization was interregional in a part of the world called, "Afroeurasia". This was between two narrow latitude lines and ranged from the Ancient Ethiopians to the west to the Shang and Zhou empires of China.
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