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Part of mesopotamian mythology has it that the Goddess Inanna abandoned the former capital of Akkad due to Naram-sin's plunder of the Ekur (temple of the god Enlil) in Nippur. In his anger, Enlil brought the Gutians down from the hills to bring plague, famine and death throughout Mesopotamia. To prevent this destruction eight of the gods decreed that Agade (Akkad) should be destroyed to spare the remaining cities. While this story is mostly mythological, it does suggest that Gutian raids contributing to the downfall of the Akkadian empire began during this period.
- This entry incorporates text originally by H.W.F. Saggs from The Babylonians, Fourth Printing. Copyright © 1988 Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
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