Fertile Crescent

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The Fertile Crescent , often called the "Cradle of Civilization ", is the region in the Middle East which curves, like a quarter-moon shape, from the Persian Gulf, through modern-day southern Iraq, Syria , Lebanon, Jordan , Israel and northern Egypt . The region has long been recognized for its vital contributions to world culture stemming from the civilizations of ancient Mesopotamia , Egypt, and the Levant which included the Sumerians , Babylonians, Assyrians, Egyptians, and Phoenicians , all of whom were responsible for the development of civilization.