concerns the occupation of the Amorites
since the 19th century BCE
. Their occupation stretched throughout southern Mesopotamia. The Amorites were nomadic tribes from the northern Levant
who were Northwest Semitic
speakers, unlike the native Akkadians
of southern Mesopotamia and Assyria
, who spoke East Semitic
. The Amorites at first did not practice agriculture like more advanced Mesopotamians, preferring a semi-nomadic lifestyle, herding sheep. Over time, Amorite grain merchants rose to prominence and established their own independent dynasties in several south Mesopotamian city-states, most notably Isin
, and later, founding Babylon as a state. (Full article...
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