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Mesopotamia was the location of Akkad (or Agade). The exact location is unknown. However, the Euphrates and Tigris rivers come closest to each other at Dere, which is the most likely possibility. Akkad was the capital of a kingdom that began in the twenty-fourth century B.C. by an officer named Sargon, whose heritage is not clear. There were eleven kings reigning under Sargon about 181 years. The dynasty collapsed in about the twenty-second century B.C. Akkadian art shows the influence of the Sumerian arts. In Nieveh archaeologists discovered a magnificent bronze head thought to be that of King Sargon. They also found statues, amulets, beads and writing samples that are exactly the same as the early Sumerians. The best example of Akkadian art is the "Victory Stele of Naram-Sin". Done in the second half of the third millennium B.C., it is now in Paris at the Louvre. Carved on rock, it shows the victory of Sargon's grandson over the Luluhi people. The king is taller than anyone else and shown marching at the head of his army. The army marches up tree-studded mountains toward the peak and the sky.
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