In which John presents Mesopotamia, and the early civilizations that arose around the Fertile Crescent. Topics covered include the birth of territorial kingdoms, empires, Neo-Assyrian torture tactics, sacred marriages, ancient labor practices, the world’s first law code, and the great failed romance of John’s undergrad years.
Crash Course World History is now available on DVD!
The British Museum’s Mesopotamia site:
The Epic of Gilgamesh: or get a hard copy at
Mesopotamia: Assyrians, Sumerians, Babylonians by Enrico Ascalone:
The Mesopotamians by TMBG:
Written by Raoul Meyer and John Green
Produced by Stan Muller
Animations by Smart Bubble Society:
Thought Bubble team:
Jin Kyung Myung
Original Music: Jason Weidner
Script Supervisor & Doll Costumer: Danica Johnson
Set Design: Donna Sink
Props: Brian McCutcheon
Photos courtesy of: