The Akkadian Empire was begun by Sargon, a man from a lowly family who rose to power and founded the royal city of Akkad (Akkad has not yet been located, though one theory puts it under modern Baghdad).

c. 2334–2193 B.C.E.

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Akkad, an introduction
Akkad, an introduction

Founded by the famed Sargon the Great, Akkad was a powerful military empire.

Cylinder seal with a modern impression
Cylinder seal with a modern impression

See an ancient cylinder seal used 4000 years after it was made, and learn about its dynastic symbolism.

<em>Victory Stele of Naram-Sin</em>
Victory Stele of Naram-Sin

Naram-Sin leads his victorious army up a mountain, as vanquished Lullubi people fall before him.

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