Dynastic Period

The early Dynastic period was one of war between the city states. Six city states seemed to swich places as the ruling city: Kish, Uruk, Ur, Nippur, Lagash and Umma.

The two main centers of civilization were Kish in Akkad/North. In the South/Sumer it was Nippur. These two cities were the focus of the opposing city state for 2 reasons. 1 They were the religous centers and winning the battle for a religous center proved that God was on your side. 2 Success over the next largest city ligitimized your leadership or right to rule with the people.

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According to records found war stopped suddenly in the late 3rd millenia, with the beginning of the Akkadian era.