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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-18-11 08:48 PM
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45. One detail has a Mesopotamian antecedent - found in a reed basket as a baby
Sargon, king of Agade (about 2334-2279 BC)
Sargon's origins and rise to power are poorly known and are obscured by many later stories of his heroic deeds. A later legend tells how he was abandoned as a baby in a basket of reeds on the River Euphrates and found by a man drawing water. The name Sargon means 'the legitimate king' and so itself suggests humbler origins. It is likely that he established himself as an independent ruler at the city of Agade having earlier been associated with the city of Kish.

http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/article...
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