29 Facts About Akkadian Empire


Akkadian Empire was the first ancient empire of Mesopotamia after the long-lived civilization of Sumer.

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The Akkadian Empire exercised influence across Mesopotamia, the Levant, and Anatolia, sending military expeditions as far south as Dilmun and Magan in the Arabian Peninsula.

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Akkadian Empire reached its political peak between the 24th and 22nd centuries BC, following the conquests by its founder Sargon of Akkad.

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Under Sargon and his successors, the Akkadian Empire language was briefly imposed on neighboring conquered states such as Elam and Gutium.

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Understanding of the Akkadian Empire continues to be hampered by the fact that its capital Akkad has not yet been located, despite numerous attempts.

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Many of the more recent insights on the Akkadian Empire have come from excavations in the Upper Khabur area in modern northeastern Syria which was to become a part of Assyria after the fall of Akkad.

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The excavators at nearby Tell Leilan have used the results from their investigations to argue that the Akkadian Empire came to an end due to a sudden drought, the so-called 4.

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For example it is likely that the rise of Sargon of Akkad coincided with the late ED Period and that the final Akkadian Empire kings ruled simultaneously with the Gutian kings alongside rulers at the city-states of both Uruk and Lagash.

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The Akkadian Empire Period is contemporary with EB IV, EB IVA and EJ IV (in Syria), and EB IIIB (in Turkey).

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Akkadian Empire takes its name from the region and the city of Akkad, both of which were localized in the general confluence area of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.

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Akkadian Empire's set me in a basket of rushes, with bitumen she sealed my lid.

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Akkadian Empire consolidated his dominion over his territories by replacing the earlier opposing rulers with noble citizens of Akkad, his native city where loyalty would thus be ensured.

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Akkadian Empire called himself "The anointed priest of Anu" and "the great ensi of Enlil" and his daughter, Enheduanna, was installed as priestess to Nanna at the temple in Ur.

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Akkadian Empire was for the first time in Sumerian culture, addressed as "the god of Agade" (Akkad), in opposition to the previous religious belief that kings were only representatives of the people towards the gods.

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Akkadian Empire faced revolts at the start of his reign, but quickly crushed them.

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The spread of Akkadian Empire stretched from Syria to Elam, and even the Elamite language was temporarily written in Mesopotamian cuneiform.

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Later however, Lugal-ushumgal was succeeded by Puzer-Mama who, as Akkadian Empire power waned, achieved independence from Shar-Kali-Sharri, assuming the title of "King of Lagash" and starting the illustrious Second Dynasty of Lagash.

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One explanation for the end of the Akkadian empire is simply that the Akkadian dynasty could not maintain its political supremacy over other independently powerful city-states.

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Richard Zettler has critiqued the drought theory, observing that the chronology of the Akkadian empire is very uncertain and that available evidence is not sufficient to show its economic dependence on the northern areas excavated by Weiss and others.

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Akkadian Empire criticizes Weiss for taking Akkadian writings literally to describe certain catastrophic events.

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Akkadian Empire government formed a "classical standard" with which all future Mesopotamian states compared themselves.

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Flood levels, that had been stable from about 3, 000 to 2, 600 BC, had started falling, and by the Akkadian Empire period were a half-meter to a meter lower than recorded previously.

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Akkadian Empire made the ships from Meluhha, the ships from Magan the ships from Dilmun tie up alongside the quay of Agade.

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Akkadian Empire sculpture is remarkable for its fineness and realism, which shows a clear advancement compared to the previous period of Sumerian art.

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The influence of Sumerian on Akkadian Empire is evident in all areas, from lexical borrowing on a massive scale, to syntactic, morphological, and phonological convergence.

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Akkadian Empire gradually replaced Sumerian as a spoken language somewhere around 2000 BC, but Sumerian continued to be used as a sacred, ceremonial, literary, and scientific language in Mesopotamia until the 1st century AD.

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Akkadian Empire's likens Inanna to a great storm bird who swoops down on the lesser gods and sends them fluttering off like surprised bats.

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Akkadian Empire's has been banished as high priestess from the temple in the city of Ur and from Uruk and exiled to the steppe.

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Akkadian Empire's begs the moon god Nanna to intercede for her because the city of Uruk, under the ruler Lugalanne, has rebelled against Sargon.

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