Persians vs. Akkadians

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Lexi Hughes
October 1st, 2010
A.P. world history pd 4th
Akkadian/Persian Essay
The Akkadian’s VS. The Persian’s
The two empires that I am writing about are the Akkadian Empire which was from 2350-1900 B.C.E. And the Persian Empire, which was from 2000-330 B.C.E. They were both very powerful and inventive. So first is the Persians. The Persian Empire was from 2000-330 BCE. Though they didn’t begin to, appear in the region east of Mesopotamia until 1300 BCE. The Persian Empire developed in 2000 BCE but at this time the Persians were very nomadic. So they really didn’t establish themselves until they came to Mesopotamia and started become more horticultural. They brought iron working skills with them to Mesopotamia; they were the only empire at the time who knew how to work with iron or even what it was!! They had an awesome administration. They had many great kings, but by far the best in my opinion was Cyrus II, the great. He was a very skilled military leader and the Persian Empire conquered the Medes in 550 BCE, the Lydians in 546 BCE, and finally the greatest conquer of them all the Babylonians in 539 BCE. But the down fall of the Persian Empire was not so simple. Since they fell and then reestablished their empire over and over but the first time they fell was after king Xerxes died in 464 BCE. They fell because they had a failure of leadership. But realistically the Persian cultures and traditions live on in modern day Iran. Matter of fact Iran was called Persia until 1930 CE. The Akkadian Empire was much different though. It was from 2334 BCE till 2279 BCE. The Akkadian Empire had a very good administration until Sargon and his family died out. Sargon ruled for 56 out of 142 years. He had amazing military skills and a military mind set. He put the grounds of military traditions into Mesopotamia. The development of this Empire was very simple. In 2350 they moved from Arabia to Sumer. Conquering Sumer, and all areas...
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