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AKKAD


Akkad

Akkad was an ancient city and region in northern Babylonia, now central Iraq. It was founded by the conqueror Sargon around 2,300 BCE. Sargon extended the vast Akkadian Empire by uniting the city-states of Mesopotamia, and the now-extinct Akkadian language became a lingua franca of the region. After about a century, the empire declined, ushering in a dark age. Sargon’s grand capital city has not been found, and there are several theories as to the location of its ruins. Where might they be? More… Discuss