Re: Curse of Akkad - What happened to Sumer

5 Aug 1996 22:23:04 GMT

1. Mesopotamia has historically had a serious problem with salt-build-up
in the soil.

2. Sumer had a serious (eventually overwhelming) problem maintaining its
urban centers. These were sinks for population in almost all cultures
prior to modern medicine, and Sumerians castrated their male slaves, which
aggravated the problem. The Akkadians were based in the countryside, not
the urban centers.

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