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Sargon of Akkad
, also known as Sargon the Great
, meaning "the true king
" or "the king is legitimate"), was an Akkadian
king famous for his conquest of the Sumerian
city-states in the 24th and 23rd centuries BC. The founder of the Dynasty of Akkad, Sargon reigned for 56 years, c. 2333 – 2279 BC (short chronology
). He became a prominent member of the royal court of Kish
, ultimately overthrowing its king before embarking on the conquest of Mesopotamia
. Sargon's vast empire is known to have extended from Elam
to the Mediterranean
sea, including Mesopotamia, parts of modern-day Iran
, and possibly parts of Anatolia
and the Arabian peninsula
. He ruled from a new capital, Akkad (Agade), which the Sumerian king list claims he built (or possibly renovated), on the left bank of the Euphrates
. Sargon is regarded as one of the first individuals in recorded history to create a multiethnic, centrally ruled empire
, and his dynasty controlled Mesopotamia for around a century and a half. (Read more...)
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"Most people today still believe, perhaps unconsciously, in the heliocentric universe ... every newspaper in the land has a section on astrology, yet few have anything at all on astronomy."
— Hannes Alfvén
Quoted by Anthony Peratt in The World & I, May 1988, pp. 190–197.