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Akkad
Akkad was built in 2350 by Sargon the Great and was the first empire. No one really knew where exactly Akkad really was.... But they think its somewhere between the city Sippar and Kish. It might located to the west part of the Euphrates River. They believe it stretches from the Persian Gulf to Asia minor!
Sargon The Great
Agenda:
Akkad
Sargon the great
Farming/Domestication
Government
Social classes
Religion
Economy/Trade
Learning & Inventions
Writing & Language
Types of jobs
Farming/Domestication
Religion
Farming in Akkad was different from
modern day farming because instead of
using machine plow they used oxes
attached to plows across the field.
The Akkadian's problem is that the
Euphrates and Tigris Rivers would flood
and all the crops would die.
Akkad had several gods, and their gods
were similar to those of the Sumerians except minor changes to the name such as An becoming Anu, Enlil changing to Bel, and Enki turning into Ea. But their main god was Shamash, the god of the sun but also the god of justice.
Social Class

In Akkad, kings and priests were ranked highly when it came to social class because everyone thought they were the closest to the gods as anyone could be. As for any type of laborer in general, they fell under the low category.
Sargon The Great had many different names people
called him. One of them being Sarru-Kan, which
meant "True King".

Sargon The Great ruled for 55 years, from 2334
to 2279 BCE. Akkad was not the only place
he ruled, and he stretched out the Akkadian Empire, almost
through all of Mesopotamia. He defeated King of Uruk
(also known as Lugalzagesi) but was not treated like it.
Government
The Akkadian government
were very strict with their
rules. One of the laws Sargon
created that if you didn't have a
religion he would make sure
your life would end. The laws in
Akkad were very similar to
the Summerian laws since the Akkadians
were the first to create an empire. They kept all
of there laws in a clay tablet
Akkad


Inventions
By: Zoe
Saul
Leslie
The Akkadians had several
ideas when it came to
inventions. From creating the
first postal system where you
would have a clay seal (or
now a days stamps) to
creating the abacus, there's no
doubt that they're capable of and have invented a
variety of things, and even
improved other things such as
the Sumerian's mathmatics!
Writing and Language
Types Of Jobs
Farmer-
The farmers grew crops/food to either sell or eat themselves.
Scribe
- The job of a scribe is to record all the important documents and laws for the city
Priest
- Priests were known as the holiest people(more likely a man) who were 'chosen' by the gods and their job was to share information about them
King
- The kings were also 'chosen' by the gods (like the priests) and their job was to rule and takeover the empire or city-state
Slave
(not really a job more like labor)- Slaves had very little rights and were hired by the more wealthy to do the dirty work for them. Slaves would often become slaves if they were a criminal, owed money and/or if they didn't pay it back
The people of Akkad spoke 2 languages. One in which was called Sumerian and the other Akkadian, which was named after their city. It was spoken at around 2800 BC to 500 AD.

Like their religion, Akkadians had also similar writing as the Sumerians. Both cities wrote in cuneiform which was a type of writing with symbols, but of course they each had their own differences.
Now on to the pictures!
These pictures are each representing all of the notes above
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