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Empire of Sargon. The Akkadian Empire /əˈkeɪdiən/[2] was an ancient Semitic empire centered in the city of Akkad /ˈækæd/[3] and its surrounding region in ancient Mesopotamia which united all the indigenous Akkadian speaking Semites and the Sumerian speakers under one rule within a multilingual empire. The Akkadian Empire controlled Mesopotamia, the Levant, and parts of Iran. Empire: 2334-2193 BCE.

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AN AKKADIAN LAPIS LAZULI CYLINDER SEAL Circa 2334-2154 B.C. With a contest scene of two pairs, each with a rearing lion grappling with an inverted bull, a stylized tree between them, the cylinder with modern gold caps, now the central element of a necklace of ancient lapis lazuli beads and later gilt silver beads with granulation 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm) long

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2332-2150 BCE – Akkadian Art

Copper Head of King Sargon of Akkad - Akkadian Empire 2250 BC. Mesopotamian Bronze Age- Iraq Museum, Baghdad.

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The oldest known dictionaries are cuneiform tablets from the Akkadian empire, 2nd millennium BC. Louvre Museum, Paris

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Map of the Akkadian Empire (brown) and the directions in which military campaigns were conducted (yellow arrows). 2334 BC - 2193 BC. 308,882 sq mi. After the fall of the Akkadian Empire, the Akkadian peoples of Mestopotamia eventually coalesced into two major Akkadian speaking nations; Assyria in the north, and a few centuries later, Babylonia in the south

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Bronze head of a king, most likely Sargon of Akkad but possibly Naram-Sin. Unearthed in Nineveh (now in Iraq), Akkadian period, c. 2300 BC. Museum, Baghdad

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Victory Stele of Naram-Sin, king of Akkad. Circa 2250 BC. Brought from Sippar to Susa in the 12th century BC. Restored in 1992 AD. Displayed in the Louvre Museum, Paris.

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2,000-1,600 BCE. Akkadian stone frogs were used as units of weight. The large one is 4,700 grams or 10 minas. Mesopotamia.

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Head of Akkadian king - either Sargon or Naramsin. 2300-2200 BCE. Mesopotamia. Copper, from original bronze cast.

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