Synopsis by Rob Ferrier
The Western Tradition series offers concise lectures on important events and trends in the history of the western world. The lectures are delivered by Eugen Weber, a noted scholar and instructor at UCLA, and supported by graphic material from the archives of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Intended for use in high school or college classrooms, each tape is a broad overview of a particular era in western history, offering information on art, politics, economics, and a glimpse of what everyday life must have been like in the period. This particular episode focuses on the early civilizations of Mesopotamia, which harbored a confluence of favorable geography that allowed ancient people to thrive. Photographs of relief sculptures lead to discussions about religious and secular leaders of the time.
civilization, culture [social culture], tradition