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June 23 2014

The Hidden Ancient Empire of Iraq


The Akkadian Empire (2334-2154 BCE), carved out in blood by the army of Sargon the Great, put the lion’s share of Mesopotamia under the control of a single ruler. It doesn’t come up in popular culture really often, but Akkad’s cultural and historical significance is huge

So you’d think, given the empire’s importance, that we would have some idea of where the ruins of the imperial capital, Akkad, generally regarded as one of the largest cities in the ancient world, are. And you’d be wrong. We have no idea.

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