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Akkadian

Line breaks: Ak¦ka|dian
Pronunciation: /əˈkeɪdɪən
 
, -ˈkad-/

Definition of Akkadian in English:

noun

1An inhabitant of Akkad.
Example sentences
  • While the Sumerians, Babylonians, Akkadians and other groups were busy creating a Mesopotamian civilization in the Fertile Crescent of the Ancient Near East, another civilization had appeared to the west.
  • Syria was settled successively by the Akkadians, Arameans, and Canaanites, and formed a valuable province of successive empires, from the Phoenicians to the Byzantines.
  • The Sumerians, Akkadians, Mesopotamians and Ancient Egyptians certainly enjoyed them.
2 [mass noun] The extinct language of Akkad, written in cuneiform, with two dialects, Assyrian and Babylonian, widely used from about 3500 bc. It is the oldest Semitic language for which records exist.
Example sentences
  • From about 2500 BC onwards, the cuneiform script was also used to write Akkadian and Eblaite, which are Semitic languages.
  • However, in 1927 Neugebauer decided that he wanted to research into Babylonian mathematics and, to enable him to do so, he learnt Akkadian which is the language in which the Babylonians wrote their tablets.
  • The cosmopolitan nature of the city is evident from the presence of documents written in Ugaritic, Akkadian, Hittite, Egyptian, Hurrian, and even Cypro-Minoan.

adjective

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Relating to Akkad or its language.
Example sentences
  • She taught him Egyptian hieroglyphics; he perfected her Akkadian language.
  • The gods ruled the world of men through their earthly representatives, and in the case of the Akkadian kingdom, this meant Sargon.
  • Many of these cities became quite powerful, and as described earlier, by the beginning of the 23rd century B.C. the Akkadian king Sargon had established a far-flung empire which included Sumer, Akkad, and other lands much further afield.

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