Fifth millennium: Early
developments in Sumer
Fourth millennium: Protoliterate
Third millennium: Rival kings &
periods of unification includes Early Dynastic, Sargonic, & Ur III
Second millennium's first half:
Ascendancy of Amorite dynasties of Isin, then Larsa, then Babylon.
This period ends with devastating Hittite raid around 1600 B.C.
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