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Sargon of Akkad

Sargon of Akkad, or Sargon the Great, was the first ruler of the Akkadian empire in Mesopotamia, around 2300 BCE (the Akkadian period. The Akkadian empire was the first proper empire the world has seen, and Sargon was truly the world's first emperor. He is rumoured to have been born by a priestess, possibly in the mountains outside Akkad, and either did not know his father or his father belonged to an enemy hill tribe.



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