originally a pastoral, Semitic-speaking hill people who began settling in the region of northern Babylonia in the last years of the third millennium B.c. The city-dwelling Mesopotamians initially viewed the Amorites as odd and almost laughably primitive. The Amorites did not grow grains but rather raised sheep and goats; they had no cities, preferring a nomadic existence; they lived in tents rather than in houses; they wore animal skins rather than woven fabrics; and they ate most of their food raw. Whatever their social and cultural shortcomings, however, the Amorites vigorously moved onto Babylonian farmlands, which they used to graze their animals. Such Amorite intrusions are believed to be one of the causes of the downfall of the empire known as the Third Dynasty of Ur circa 2004 b.c. Thereafter, Amorites occupied various cities in the region. These cities included Larsa and eventually Babylon, where, in about 1894 b.c., an Amorite named Sumu-abum established the Babylonian dynasty that later produced the lawgiver Hammurabi.

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