Related formsMes·o·po·ta·mi·an, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of mesopotamia

  • It started in the south, Chan says, then spread to Egypt, Syria, Mesopotamia, and Iran, as well as to the Greco-Roman world.

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    When Saudi Arabia Ruled the World

    Emily Wilson

    October 31, 2014

  • U.S. advisers there repeated the familiar mantra I heard many times during my tour in Mesopotamia… “Iraqi good enough.”

  • Both built themselves new capitals, the Persian in Ctesiphon in Mesopotamia; the Romans in Constantinople.

  • Christians were residing in Mesopotamia more than 500 years before Muslims arrived in the region.

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    Hillary's Troubling Silence

    Reza Aslan

    November 13, 2010

  • Fundamentalist Sunni Islam was gaining ground fast in Mesopotamia in the 1990s as Baathism collapsed as an ideology.

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    The Next Wave of Jihadists

    Reuel Marc Gerecht

    March 11, 2010

Historical Examples of mesopotamia

  • It is the old land of mystery and wonder which the Greeks called Mesopotamia.

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    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • In most parts of Mesopotamia it was understood as readily as the native tongue.

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    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • It is true, Mesopotamia was much smaller than our own country.

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    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • Mesopotamia, therefore, meant a stretch of land "between the rivers."

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    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • The flames of war were sweeping across Mesopotamia and Arabia.

British Dictionary definitions for mesopotamia


  1. a region of SW Asia between the lower and middle reaches of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers: site of several ancient civilizations

Word Origin for Mesopotamia

Latin from Greek mesopotamia (khora) (the land) between rivers
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Word Origin and History for mesopotamia


ancient name for the land that lies between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers (in modern Iraq), from Greek mesopotamia (khora), literally "a country between two rivers," from fem. of mesopotamos, from mesos "middle" (see medial (adj.)) + potamos "river" (see potamo-).

In 19c. the word sometimes was used in the sense of "anything which gives irrational or inexplicable comfort to the hearer," based on the story of the old woman who told her pastor that she "found great support in that comfortable word Mesopotamia" ["Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable," 1870]. The place was called Mespot (1917) by British soldiers serving there in World War I. Related: Mesopotamian.

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mesopotamia in Culture



A region of western Asia, in what is now Iraq, known as the “cradle of civilization.” Western writing first developed there, done with sticks on clay tablets. Agricultural organization on a large scale also began in Mesopotamia, along with work in bronze and iron (see Bronze Age and Iron Age). Governmental systems in the region were especially advanced (see Babylon (see also Babylon) and Hammurabi). A number of peoples lived in Mesopotamia, including the Sumerians, Akkadians, Hittites, and Assyrians.

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