Akkadian Empire – Sargon The Great

After the creation of the Cradle of Civilization in Mesopotamia by the Sumer people, the Sumerian city states were then conquered by a group known as the Akkadians. This ancient collective eventually formed what is believed to be the world’s first known Empire. The most famous ruler of this short-lived political entity was Sargon The Great. It has to be wondered if there was a Sargon The Not-So-Great, or Sargon-The Mediocre and what they might have achieved?

Interestingly, there are similarities between the childhood story of Sargon and that of Moses. Both were said to have been left in a basket in a river. As the flood tale of Noah also has a precursor in the Epic of Gilgamesh, could it be that the Tanakh (Jewish bible), like many other old books, has borrowed heavily from earlier mythology?

This short piece looks at Sargon of Akkad.

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