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Are Mesopotamia and Babylon the same thing?

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Students in a world history class often learn that human civilization arose in Mesopotamia – the so-called “Fertile Crescent” – and at the same time, 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 thing. In short, Mesopotamia is a region, and Babylon It was an ancient city (and later the center of an empire) within that region.

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