The Curse of Akkad

The Curse of Agade is a lamentation for the collapse and fall of the Akkadian Empire, written within a hundred years of the event.

The story tells of how the great city of Akkad (Agade in Sumerian) rose to its pre-eminent height and empire until Naram-Suen, the grandson of Sargon of Akkad, was given unfavourable omens and so desecrated the temple of Enlil, which caused the gods to ravage Akkad and it’s lands by famine and invasion by the “monkey-faced” barbarians known as the Gutians.

The text details the terrible calamities that befell the lands controlled by Akkad and the suffering of their peoples, and attributes the eventual devastation to the goddess Innana.

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Source: etcsl.orinst.ox.ac.uk/section2/tr215.htm

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