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C. 3400 BCE Distinctive Sumerian culture emerges. c. 2750 BCE Early Dynastic period begins; Sumer consists of separate citystates. c. 2335 BCE Sargon the Great establishes Akkadian Empire; Mesopotamia is united under one ruler. c. 2150 BCE Raids by Gutian people from Zagros Mountains bring about end of Akkadian Empire. 2112 BCE Ascent of Ur-Nammu marks beginning of third dynasty of Ur. 2004 BCE Elamites sack Ur; end of Sumerian period. umer was one of the world’s first major civilizations. For most of its history, it was made up of a number of independent citystates.

2150 BCE Raids by Gutian people from Zagros Mountains bring about end of Akkadian Empire. 2112 BCE Ascent of Ur-Nammu marks beginning of third dynasty of Ur. 2004 BCE Elamites sack Ur; end of Sumerian period. umer was one of the world’s first major civilizations. For most of its history, it was made up of a number of independent citystates. However, under the Akkadian king Sargon the Great, it was a unified, powerful, and prosperous empire. S The area of western Asia that is today covered by the country of Iraq gave birth to several ancient civilizations, including Sumer, Akkad, and Babylon.

The 31st dynasty saw a return to Persian rule, which held until Alexander the Great conquered Egypt in 332 BCE, making it part of the Greek world. This hallway leads to the tomb of Ramses VI, who reigned in the 12th century BCE. See also: The Assyrians (page 102) • Egypt’s Middle Kingdom (page 14) • Egypt’s Old Kingdom (page 6) • The Hittites (page 78) • The Persians (page 126) 45 (c) 2011 Marshall Cavendish. All Rights Reserved. THE SUMERIANS TIME LINE c. 5000 BCE Semitic-speaking people move into southern Mesopotamia.

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