|After coming to power, Sargon killed the king of Kish, and attacked Uruk. He captured Uruk and dismantled its famous walls. The defenders fled the city.|
Sumerian forces fought two pitched battles against the Akkadians and were routed. Sargon pursued his enemies to Ur before moving eastwards to Lagash, to the Persian Gulf, and then to Umma.
Uruk was renowned for its walls which were first built 4,700 years ago by the Sumerian King Gilgamesh, hero of the epic named after him.
|Akkadian influence was seen through trade throughout much of the known world from Eastern Europe to Northern Africa to India.|
Akkadian customs – language, religion, art, architecture – were the standard for almost two millennia until the Greeks and Persians established their mighty empires.