USU 1320: History and Civilization
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A Guide To Writing in History and Classics
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This is an excerpt from the autobiography of Sargon:

Sargon, the mighty king, king of Agade, am I.
My mother was a changeling*, my father I knew not.
The brother(s) of my father loved the hills.
My city is Azupiranu, which is situated on the banks of the Euphrates.
My changeling* mother conceived me, in secret she bore me.
She set me in a basket of rushes, with bitumen she sealed my lid.
She cast me into the river which rose not (over) me.
The river bore me up and carried me to Akki, the drawer of water.
Akki, the drawer of water lifted me out as he dipped his e[w]er.
Akki, the drawer of water, [took me] as his son (and) reared me.
Akki, the drawer of water, appointed me as his gardener.
While I was a gardener, Ishtar granted me (her) love,
And for four and [...] years I exercised kingship.
The black-headed [people**] I ruled, I gov[erned]; . . .

*There is no indication as to whether the term (changeling) refers to a change in the social, religious, or national status.
**The blacked-headed people: the Sumerians.

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