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The Birth Legend of Sargon of Akkad (1.133)
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Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Akkadian Canonical Compositions; Royal Focus; Epic


Sargon of Akkad erected the first world empire on Asiatic soil around 2300 bce, and his exploits almost immediately became the stuff of legend. His (throne) name, in Akkadian šarru-kēn(u), means “the king is legitimate,” “the legitimate king,” and served to make up for his usurpation of the claims of the ancient dynasty of Kish. The name was assumed again by an early king of Assyria (Sargon I, 20th century bce) and by t…

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Foster, Benjamin R., “The Birth Legend of Sargon of Akkad (1.133)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 04 December 2021 <>

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