Reform Edict of Urukagina

(ca. 2350 BCE )

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Urukagina was the last king of the Sumerian kingdom of Lagash before the era of Sargon, an Akkadian king who conquered Mesopotamia and neighboring areas, ushering in a period of political unification that lasted for over a century (ca. 2340 BCE). Urukagina was first mentioned as a high official during the reign of the previous king, Lugalanda. In fact, he did not take the title of “king” until the second year of his reign. His relationship to the previous monarch, as well as...