The First Emperors (Redrawn)

The First Emperors Redrawn

These are portraits of the first two individuals in recorded history to establish extensive nation-states, or what we may call empires. The darker-skinned dude on the left is Narmer, a monarchic chieftain from southern Egypt who conquered the north around 3100 BC and brought about the first dynasty of a united Egypt. On the right is Sargon of Akkad, who conquered the Sumerian city-states of Mesopotamia and brought much of the Middle East’s Fertile Crescent under his control between 2334 and 2279 BC. It’s hard to say whether Sargon knew anything about Narmer’s conquests before undertaking his own, but I personally find the thought very tempting.

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