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Refers to the Semitic-speaking peoples who lived in the regions of the Tigris-Euphrates river valley, north of the cities of Nippur and Sippar, in 2334–2160 bc.
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Akkad, Akkadians. Ancient Semitic city and people in Mesopotamia. The Akkadians (akaddu) seem to have been one of several ethnic groups living in the area at a time when the Sumerians were beginning to drain the swamps of the Tigris-Euphrates delta to lay the foundations of their own brilliant culture.