Akkadian Empire

Akkadian Empire

Akkadian Empire

The Akkadian Empire was founded by Sargon the Great of Akkad in c. 2334 BCE and lasted little over a century. The original city-state of Akkad was located somewhere in northern Sumer but has yet to be found. However, Akkadian speakers were present in the earlier first Dynasty of Kish at the beginning of the 3rd millennium BCE.

In c.2271 BCE Sargon routed the Sumerian forces of Lugal-Zage-Si of the city-state of Umma at the Battle of Uruk and annexed the rest of Sumer. He went on to conquer lands as far west as Syria and Canaan and reached the Mediterranean Sea. He fought the Hattians (proto-Hittites) in Anatolia and subjugated the mountainous tribes of Subartu/Assyria in the north and the Gutians in the east. In the south-east he defeated the Elamites and even reached as far south as the early Arabian state of Magan. Sargon was succeeded by his sons, firstly Rimush and then Manishtusu who managed to maintain the empire from various revolts. Manishtusu's son, Naram-Sin went on to expand the empire further and battle against the Zagros highlander tribes such as the Lullubi and Gutians. The famous "Victory Stele of Naram-Sin" (as shown above) depicts his campaign against the Lullubi. Naram-Sin also fought against the early Hurrian tribes in the north-west, Hattians in Anatolia and, like his predesessors, the state of Magan.

The last Kings of Akkad reigned over a period of decline until in c.2154 BCE the empire collapsed after invading Gutian Highlander tribes from the Zagros Mountains took control. For a hundred years the region was controlled by the Hurrians in the north and Gutians in the south.

The "barbarian" period eventually came to an end with the establishment of the 3rd Dynasty of Ur by the Sumerian King, Ur-Nammu, in c.2112 BCE, who ejected the Gutians and united the area again. The armies for this Kingdom form a separate range of figures.

The range provides options for Akkadian Armies throughout the whole period. The early period Spearmen had the front rank with large wicker body shield and the rear ranks without a shield. For the loose formation spearmen of the later period, use the spearmen without a shield on their own. 

Some of the Early Bronze Command figures, including a model of Sargon, should be used for the early Akkadian empire of Sargon and Rimush; and for the Later Akkadian empire of Manishtusu and Naram-Sin use the Akkadian figures from the Early/Middle Bronze Command pack

Amorite levies and Highlanders would also have filled out the ranks of the later Akkadian armies.


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Later City-State Spearmen

Product no.: EMB29

8 Akkadian, Neo-Sumerian or Early Elamite Spearmen without Shield
£12.00 / pack(s)
In stock

Later City-State Spearmen with Shield

Product no.: EMB30

8 Akkadian, Neo-Sumerian or Early Elamite Spearmen with Shield
£12.00 / pack(s)
In stock

Later Household Axemen

Product no.: EMB12

8 Household or Guard Two-Handed Axemen
£12.00 / pack(s)

Later Household Archers

Product no.: EMB13

8 Household or Royal Guard Archers

£12.00 / pack(s)
In stock

Early/Middle Bronze Command

Product no.: EMB11

5 Foot Commanders, 2 Standard Bearers & 1Trumpeter

£12.00 / pack(s)

Early Bronze Command

Product no.: EMB32

5 Foot Commanders, 2 Standard Bearers & 1 Drummer


£12.00 / pack(s)

Later Highlander Archers

Product no.: EMB18

8 Later Highlander Archers
£12.00 / pack(s)
In stock

Early 4-Equid Battle-Wagon II

Product no.: EMB34

4 Equid Battle-Wagon with Driver, Javelinman and optional Commander
£15.00 / pack(s)

Early 4-Equid Platform Cart II

Product no.: EMB36

4 Equid early Platform Cart with Javelinman and alternative Commander


£15.00 / pack(s)

Levy Javelinmen I

Product no.: EMB01

8 Levy or Nomadic un-shielded Javelinmen
£12.00 / pack(s)

Levy Javelinmen II

Product no.: EMB03

8 Levy or Nomadic un-shielded Javelinmen
£12.00 / pack(s)

Levy Archers I

Product no.: EMB02

8 Levy or Nomadic Archers with simple stave bow
£12.00 / pack(s)

Levy Archers II

Product no.: EMB04

8 Levy or Nomadic Archers with simple stave bow


£12.00 / pack(s)

Levy Slingers

Product no.: EMB05

8 Levy or Nomadic Slingers
£12.00 / pack(s)

Amorite Levy Infantry I

Product no.: EMB08

8 City-State or Nomadic Levy Infantry with Mixed weapons & Amorite Shield


£12.00 / pack(s)

Amorite Levy Infantry II

Product no.: EMB09

8 City-State or Nomadic Levy Infantry with Mixed weapons & Amorite Shield


£12.00 / pack(s)

Amorite Levy Infantry III

Product no.: EMB10

8 City-State or Nomadic Levy Infantry with Mixed weapons & Amorite Shield.

£12.00 / pack(s)
In stock

Akkadian or Neo-Sumerian Guard

Product no.: BAL04

6 packs of Akkadian or Neo-Sumerian Household Archers (3 packs) and Axemen (3 packs)
£60.00 / pack(s)

Later City-State Spearmen

Product no.: BAL13

6 packs of Later City-State Spearmen with front rank shield and rear rank shieldless
£60.00 / pack(s)

Levy Skirmishers

Product no.: BAL05

6 packs of Levy Skirmishers (16 Javelinmen, 16 Archers, 16 Slingers)
£60.00 / pack(s)

Early Battle-Wagons II

Product no.: BAL16

4 Early 4-Equid Battle-Wagons II for Akkadian and Early Elamite armies
£50.00 / pack(s)

Early Platform-Carts II

Product no.: BAL17

4 Early Platform-Carts II for Akkadian, Early Elamite and early Zagros Highlander armies
£50.00 / pack(s)