Earliest Civilisations: Ancient Sumer

Block C - Ancient Sumerian Religion

Place the Ancient Sumer civilisation in the context of world history and compare it to Britain at the time of its existence. Learn about life in Ancient Sumer, how the people lived, what they did, how they worshipped and what they have left behind for us to discover.  

Learn the significance of temples to the Ancient Sumerians as the homes of gods and goddesses. Discover the structure of a ziggurat and the significance of its shape. Learn about some of the main Ancient Sumerian gods and goddesses and priests. Discover beliefs about death and the afterlife and discuss the evidence we use to support our knowledge.

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01: Temples and ziggurats

Learn that temples were considered by the Ancient Sumerians to be the homes of gods and goddesses. Discover the structure of a ziggurat and the significance of its shape. Use nets tobuild ziggurats with temples.

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02: Gods and goddesses

Learn about some of the main Ancient Sumerian gods and goddesses. Create a fact file about one god or goddess.

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03: Priests

Find out more about the role of priests in Ancient Sumer. Examine evidence that helps historians to understand the role of Ancient Sumerian priests. Use role play to explore the role of priests in Ancient Sumer.

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04: The Royal Tombs of Ur

Discover the Ancient Sumerian beliefs about death and the afterlife. Discuss the significance of the finds in the Royal Tombs of Ur. Write a telegram in role as an archaeologist.