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Ca. 2334-ca. 2279 BCE

Mesopotamia / Kings /
Other spelling: Naram-Suen

Akkad of Naram-Sin

Victory stela of Naram-Sin. Ca. 2250 BCE.
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King of Akkad ca. 2255-2220, ca. 35 years.
Dating of his reign is slightly uncertain, for Mesopotamia of this period variations between different scholars' chronologies can be up to 100 years. The dating used here, is among those placing Akkad furthest back in history.
He made conquests mainly into the mountains to the north and east, and out into the Persian Gulf, thereby maintaining and expanding his grandfather, Sargon's realm.
He improved the temples in Akkad, Nippur and Zabala, and built administrative centres in Nagar and Nineveh. Conquered lands were organized into units directly under his bureacracy, securing effective tax collection.
Although effective, Naram-Sin emerge as megalomaniac, elevating himself to a god, dingir, and had a temple built to himself.
The most famous artefact after him, is his victory stele, depicting his victory over the Lullubi in the Zagros mountains. The stele depicts him as a divine king, it is often held up to be the earliest example of this symbolism.

Ca. 2255 BCE: His father, king Manishtushu, is killed, and Naram-Sin becomes Akkadian king.
— His early reign was troubled by revolts.
Ca. 2240: Naram-Sin attacks Ebla, causing the city to go up in flames. Ebla remained settled, but without its former wealth and strength and with its federation fallen apart.
Ca. 2220: Dies, and is succeeded by his son, Shar-Kali-Sharri.

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