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Mesopotamian religion refers to the religious beliefs and practices followed by the Sumerian and Akkadian ( Assyrian / Babylonian ) peoples living in Mesopotamia (around the area of modern Iraq ) that dominated the region for a period of 4200 years from the fourth millennium BC to proximately the 3rd century AD. [ 1 ] Polytheism was the only religion in ancient mesopotamia for thousands of years before entering a period of gradual decline; which continued for approximately three centuries, until much of the original religious traditions of the area died out.
Akkadian ( lišānum akkadītum , 𒀝𒂵𒌈 ak.kADû) (also Accadian , Assyro-Babylonian ) [ 1 ] is an extinct Semitic language (part of the greater Afroasiatic language family) that was spoken in ancient Mesopotamia . The earliest attested Semitic language, [ 2 ] it used the cuneiform writing system, which was originally used to write ancient Sumerian , an unrelated language isolate . The name of the language is derived from the city of Akkad , a major center of Semitic Mesopotamian civilization, during the Akkadian Empire (ca. 2334–2154 BC), although the language predates the founding of Akkad.