akkadian empire

2,350 BC
Lugaizagesi reign
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Lugalzagesi, the leader of the Sumarian empire was enjoying an extensive reign, fraught with uprisings, when Saragon the great was supposedly born.

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2,350 BC
Myth or Legend
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Saragon of Akkad. What is written about the early life of Sargon the great is shrouded with myth.

What we do know about him, was that he was very strategic and it is widely believed that his early life story was part of his strategy.    

2,334 BC
The Akkadian Rule
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King Lugalzagesi, of Umma fell to the Akkadian leader Sargon of Akkad, after Sargon had convinced his to overthrow Ur-Zababa of Kish. It was during that Akkadian's reign that the 4.2 kiloyear event occurred, which causeed the land of Mesopotamia to dry up.

2,334 BC
Sargon The Great
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Sargon quashes the uprisings and conquers Elam and Parahshum.

Sargon builds a new Akkad (or Agade) and put Akkadian administrators in every city he conquered, thus building the world's first known empire.

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2,279 BC
Rimush Reign
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Sargon dies after 56 years of rule, of natural causes. Uprisings begin and Sargon's second son Rimush starts his reign, by quashing the rebellions.

2,270 BC
Manishtushu Reign
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Manishtushu was the older brother of Rimush and it is believed that he may have had something to do with his brother's demise. Manishtushu ruled for 15 years expanding trade routes and preventing uprisings.

2,254 BC
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Naram-Sin was a fierce conquerer and set about expanding the Akkadian empire, but his most notable battle was from a rebellion at Kish, he later proclaiming himself a God.

2,217 BC
The Fall of the Empire
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Naram-Sin died of natural causes and Shar-Kali-Sharri, his son, became King. With uprisings and the drought bringing in nomadic tribes, Shar-Kali-Sharri watched the Kindom diminish rapidly. 

2,150 BC
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With Shar-Kali-Sharri holding his last strong hold of Akkad, the nomadic Gutti saw there chance to take control and took Akkad burning it. The Guttians survived the unrest for the next century.

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