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Are Mesopotamia and Babylon the same thing?


In world history class, students often learn that human civilization arose in Mesopotamia — the so-called “Fertile Crescent” — and in the same breath, many teachers dive into the history of Babylon. But are Mesopotamia and Babylon the same thing?

The answer is no, they are not the same; in short, Mesopotamia is a region, and Babylon was an ancient city (and later the center of an empire) within that region. 



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