The epic “Book of Gilgamesh” was used to influence other people to magnify the king’s power. In fact, the real king Gilgamesh was worshipped after his death because of this book’s influence ( the house of royalty.nu,2010). Historically, a kingdom’s influence (during such civilization) is based on its religion. An example of a similar civilization is that of Egypt where people perceive the Pharaoh as a god. Hence, respect is immense for the said leader.
“Astrologys ancient beginnings are also traced to Mesopotamia at least as far back as 2001 BCE. These early records reveal a complex cosmology in which the Sun, the Moon and the planets represented gods who possessed the power to direct and intervene in the course of physical events” ( metareligion.com)
In fact, many people read the horoscope in newspapers scouring for any prediction about their future. This influence was ushered by the coming of New Age religion. In conclusion, old civilizations like Mesopotamia has highly-influenced religious beliefs which has permeated even modern -day societies