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What forces came together to cause cities to arise from our prehistoric past? What distinct and enduring cultural styles emerged in the art, architecture, and literature of these civilizations? What were each civilization’s creation myths, beliefs, and world views? Where, in these disparate civilizations, can we locate the origins of writing, accounting, law, medicine, math, and astronomy? What can we learn from the emergence of political hierarchies and different types of religions? How did early economies develop inter-regional trade and new technologies; and what was their environmental impact? Why did initially dynamic civilizations often stagnate for centuries, even millennia? What insights can we glean about today’s civilizations from the achievements and vulnerabilities of Bronze Age civilizations?