Life in Old Babylonia: The Importance of Trade
Trade was critical to Old Babylonia, where many highly prized natural resources were scarce but agricultural goods were in surplus. A vibrant trading system developed, bringing manufactured goods and raw materials from as far as Turkey, and even India, 1,500 miles away. Trade became integral to the economy and the culture. In this lesson, students explore the trade industry in Old Babylonia and its far-flung influence.
What connections existed between trade and the economic, cultural, and religious life of Old Babylonia?
Provide examples from the archaeological record indicating the existence of a trade network in Old Babylonia and beyond
Read maps and artifacts for information
List goods imported to and exported from Babylonia
Point out trading centers and sources of raw materials on a map of ancient Mesopotamia
Analyze the influence of trade on the economy and culture of Old Babylonia