Category Archives: Akkadian period (c. 2340-2198 B.C.E.)

Akkadian Dynasty (c. 2340-2154 B.C.E.)

Sargon of Akkad (c. 2340-2285 B.C.E.) defeated Lugalzagesi of Uruk in battle, thereby unifying Sumer and Akkad. Sargon then established his capital in his own city-state of Akkad. All Akkadian kings faced a continual threat from the Guti, who were … Continue reading

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Sargon (c. 2340-2284 B.C.E.)

Sargon of Akkad founded the Akkadian Dynasty when he conquered Lugalzagesi of Uruk in 2340. After his victory, he held power over all the Sumerian cities, as well as Elam in the east. His empire eventually stretched all the way … Continue reading

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Akkadian ruler, possibly Sargon of Akkad (2340-2284 B.C.E.)

Surviving head from a statue Iraq Museum, Baghdad Excavated at Nineveh, this statue is of an Akkadian ruler. For many generations it was thought to be of Sargon, but that assessment is not definite. It was crafted from bronze and … Continue reading

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Issues of barley for different purposes.

Clay tablet Akkadian period (c. 2340-2198 B.C.E.) This tablet is in Akkadian. Akkadian as the written language of choice, developed gradually during the Akkadian Empire.  Sumerian was retained as a classical language for certain texts, however, until the early Common … Continue reading

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Clay tablet Akkadian period (c. 2340-2198 B.C.E.) FLP 82

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Account of barley and silver

Clay tablet Akkadian period (c. 2340-2198 B.C.E.) FLP 98

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Account of equids and barley

Clay tablet Akkadian period (c. 2340-2198 B.C.E.) FLP 28

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