First Empire Founded

AKKADIANS ANNOUNCE THAT THEY ARE OFFICIALLY THE 1ST EMPIRE

1ST EMPIRE IS ESTABLISHED

Sargon (the Great), the leader of the Akkadians, has declared that Akkad is officially the 1st empire. Sargon overran Sumerian city-states throughout his years of reign. He claims that he has "unified Mesopotamia and conquered that 4 corners of the universe."

DECLINE OF THE EMPIRE

The Akkadians established a strong empire, but it did not last forever. The empire lasted from 2350-2000 b.c. Sargon had a very good way of keeping control over the area. He placed his trusted men in various cities and gave them powerful positions. He also used military campaigns to maintain order. The fall is not clearly stated as to what happened specifically, but historians believe that Sargon lost control over the land and revolt began.

INFLUENCE ON REAL WORLD

Without the founding of the Akkadian Empire, our world would not exist today. The Akkadians influenced us with their advancements like the wheel and their social structure of city-states. Before Akkad, there were just many little city-states spread throughout the Fertile Cresent. Now, in the current world, we are more of a community and we come together to solve problems. We see influences from the first empire all over in our day.

WORKS CITED

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"Akkad and the Akkadians of Mesopotamia (Ancient Akkad)." Akkad and the Akkadians of Mesopotamia (Ancient Akkad). N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2015.


Spielvogel, Jackson J. "Civilization Begins In Mesopotamia." Glencoe World History. New York, NY: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 2005. 26-33. Print.

THE AUTHOR

By: Eliana Rutherford