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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What is Akkad?

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Lapis lazuli stamp seal
Lapis lazuli stamp seal

There were close connections between the Indus Valley civilization and eastern Iran.

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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