The First Empires

Madison Polozola & Amanda Coppola

Sargon of Akkad

Also known as Sargon the Great, the Sargon of Akkad was a Semitic Akkadian well known for his defeat of the Sumerian city states around 2500 B.C. Sargon's empire is thought to include large parts of Mesopotamia. He ruled from a new archeological unidentified capital Akkad in which he is believed to have built.
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Deffinition of Empire

An empire is a group of countries or regions that are controlled by one ruler or government.

Location of the Empire

No one knows where exactly the city of Akkad was located, yet once it was the seat of the Akkadian Empire which ruled over a vast expanse of the region of ancient Mesopotamia. It is known that Akkad was a city located along the western bank of the Euphrates River possibly between the cities of Sippar and Kish. Sargon scribes claimed that the Akkadian Empire was located from the Persian Gulf through modern-day Kuwait, Iraq, Jordan, and Syria through the lands to the Mediterranean Sea and Cyprus.

Language of The Akkadians

The Akkadian’s were Semitic, meaning they spoke a language similar to Arabic and Hebrew. They used the cuneiform writing system that was derived ultimately from ancient Sumerian. The name of the language is derived from the city of Akkad, a major center of Mesopotamian civilization.

Babylonian Empire

Capitol of the Babylonian Empire

Babylon was the capitol of the Empire.
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Hammurabi & Hammurabi's Code

Hammurabi was the administrator of the Babylonian Empire and military leader. He took reign from Unknown – 1750, and helped the empire thrive and succeed after it was overwhelmed by the Amorites.Hammurabi’s Code was created by Hammurabi after he noticed that a single, strict code of laws would help to unite the different groups in his empire. There were 282 different laws including already existing ones, new laws, judgments, community, family relations, business conduct, crime, and it also told a lot about what the Mesopotamians believed in. which he engraved into stone.