First Episode: The Cradle of Civilization

First Episode: The Cradle of Civilization


There is a name…that whenever envisioned,
images of destruction, killing, bombing and war crimes are coming to mind…the name? Syria. But these are not accurate pictures of Syria… Let me lead you to the real image of Syria… The first Syrian civilization dates back 700,000
years, making it one of the most ancient civilization on Earth, therefore Syria is the cradle of
human civilization. It is home of the oldest inhabited city in
the world, Damascus, as an excavation proves its origins in 9000 BC, followed briefly by
the city of Aleppo. The name was known since the Roman Empire. Deriving from the Akkadian Language, it was
first known as “Assyria” in reference to the Assyrian tribes. Perhaps you think this name has no significant
impact on your life, but with the contributions this name has given to mankind, it surely
does. It’s name impacted human communication when
the kingdom of Ugarit gave mankind it’s first alphabet, which then influenced Greek, Latin
and Arabic languages. It also contributed to the language of music
as the oldest surviving musical score comes from Syria, the song is titled: “Hurrian Songs,
hymns to Nikkal, Goddess of Orchards in Ugarit’’. The language of Gods continues, when one of
the oldest churches “Dura Europos church’’ was founded in Syria. Historians say that it is the oldest in human
history, proving its significant influence on early Christianity. Syria influenced the field of science when Ibn Al-Nafis from Damascus described the pulmonary
circulation of blood for the first time. Syria’s contribution to knowledge can also
be seen because the first library on earth ‘’Ebla’s Library’’ was established
here. Continuing its accomplishments to the world,
Syria’s oldest civilization gave gifts to humankind, by planting and cultivating important
crops such as wheat and Olive for the first time in human history. Without these additions to language, music,
religion, science, and agriculture human beings would be living in a different world
today. In conclusion, the declared words of the French
Archeologist, André Parrot, still rings true today, that: “Every cultured man belongs to
two nations: his own and Syria”

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