Sargon of Akkad (c.2354-2279)
Sargon was the king of ancient Akkad (reign: roughly
2334-2279 BC) and is not to be mixed up with
Sargon I, who ruled
around 1850 BC.
Sargon's capital was located in
the ancient city of Agade, in search of which archaeologists are
still digging as we speak.
According to ancient popular
tale, Sargon had a little bit of Moses in him. He was picked
up while sailing down in a basket on one of them rivers.
A gardener brought him up, the
gods smiled upon him, and hence Sargon got the job of
cupbearer in the household of the king of Kish,
The big breakthrough came when
Sargon took the major player in Mesopotamia at the time,
Lugalzagesi was originally the king of Umma, but went on to
conquer all of southern Mesopotamia.
Sargon thus became the new
ruler over Lugalzagesi's domain. And he wouldn't stop there.
Extending his reign into all possible directions, Sargon
became known as one of the first rulers in history to create
Although he was not quite able
to hold it all together, he still left a considerable
legacy behind, and two future Assyrian kings were named after him,
Sargon I, and
Here is the index of the
Governments of Sumer,
Sargon's dynasty being part of it.
And here is more on the