Assyria was a Mesopotamian Empire that grew out of the City-state of Ashur. It was one of the greatest empires in Mesopotamia, together with the Akkadian Empire of Sargon the Great and the Babylonian Empire under Hammurabi. At its height, the Assyrian Empire extended from Anatolia in the west, to Armenia in the north, to Media in the east, and to Egypt in the south.
Map of the Akkadian Empire (brown) and the directions in which military campaigns were conducted (yellow arrows). Historical Era: 2334 BC - 2193 BC. Area: 308,882 sq mi. After the fall of the Akkadian Empire, the Akkadian peoples of Mestopotamia eventually coalesced into two major Akkadian speaking nations; Assyria in the north, and a few centuries later, Babylonia in the south
Akkadian Empire - Stele of Naram-Sin, celebrating victory against the Lullubi from Zagros 2260 BC.He is wearing a horned helmet, a symbol of divinity and is also portrayed in a larger scale in comparison to others around to display his superiority.. Brought back from Sippar to Susa as war prize in the 12th century BC
The Akkadian Empire collapsed after two centuries of rule, and during the succeeding fifty years, local kings ruled independent city-states in southern Mesopotamia. The city-state of Lagash produced a remarkable number of statues of its kings as well as Sumerian literary hymns and prayers under the rule of Gudea (ca