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Ur was a major city, and later the capital, of the Sumerian Empire in southern Mesopotamia. Its location near the sea made it a center of commerce and trade routes. Between 2030-1980 BCE, Ur was the world's largest city, boasting about 65,000 inhabitants within its walls. The city featured many glorious temples and tombs. Today, the site is recognizable... [continue reading]
Ur-Nammu was the founder and first king of the Third Dynasty of Ur (according to the Sumerian King List). He is known as a builder of numerous aqueducts and reconstructed many ziggurats in various Sumerian cities. His most magnificent building achievement is the Great Ziggurat of Ur, a three-level ziggurat to the god Sin (also known as Nanna, the moon... [continue reading]