Stele of the Akkadian king Naram-Sin

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published on 08 April 2014

According to the inscription on the diorite piece of stele, it belongs to King Naram-Sin. It was found in Pir Hüseyin, a village near Diyarbakır. As it shows the borders of the Akkadian State in the era of Naram-Sin and reflects the artistic features of that era, it is one of the most important pieces of evidence concerning the Akkadian culture. King Naram-Sin, who ruled in the 3rd millennium BCE, entitled himself as the "King who brought peace to 4 regions". This title represents the 4 principal directions and symbolizes Naram-Sin's becoming the "King of Universe" after conquering the cities of Ebla and Elam, i.e. the west and the east. Diorite, found in Diyarbakir, Akkadian era, 2254-2215 BCE. (Istanbul Archeological Museum/Ancient Orient Museum)


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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP (Glasg)
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