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Victory Stele of Naram-Sin

Posted on May 20, 2016 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

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Victory Stele of Naram-Sin, Akkadian, pink limestone, 2254-2218 B.C.E. (Louvre, Paris) This monument depicts the Akkadian victory over the Lullubi Mountain people. In the 12th century B.C.E., 1,000 years after it was originally made, the Elamite king, Shutruk-Nahhunte, attacked Babylon and, according to his l...
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Art of Akkad, an introduction

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Map showing the approximate extension of the Akkad empire during the reign of Narâm-Sîn, yellow arrows indicate the directions in which military campaigns were conducted, photo (CC BY-SA 3.0)



Competition between Akkad in the north and Ur in the south created two centralized regional powers at the end of the third mil...

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The Akkadian Period (ca. 2350 to 2150 B.C.)

Posted on May 20, 2016 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The period from approximately 2900 to 2350 B.C. in southern Mesopotamia (Sumer) is known as the Early Dynastic. During this time, Sumer was divided politically between competing city-states, each controlled by a dynasty of rulers. The succeeding period (ca. 2350–2150 B.C.) is named after the city of Agade (or Akkad), whose Semitic monarchs united the region, bringing the rival Sumerian cities under their contro...

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