Sargon the Great, or Sargon of Akkad, was the first ruler and founder of the Akkadian empire . His name possibly means "true king".


According to the Sumerian king list, Sargon was originally a cup-bearer to Ur-Zababa of Kish. After overthrowing Ur-Zababa, he took over Sumeria from Lugal Za-ge-si and formed the Akkadian empire from his city of Akkad. 

He possibly founded or conquered Babylon.

According to Chronicle of Early Kings, he defeated invasions by four great generals and the King of Awan from neighboring Elam. 

Possibly the inspiration of biblical hunter Nimrod. 


  • Father of poet Enhudanna
  • Father of Rimush and Manishtushu 
  • Grandfather of Naram-Sin
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