Map of the Akkadian Empire

Map of the Near East showing the extent of the Akkadian Empire and the general area in which Akkad was located.

Akkad (also spelled Akkade or Agade) was the capital of the Akkadian Empire, which was the dominant political force in Mesopotamia at the end of the third millennium BCE. The existence of Akkad is only known from textual sources; its location has not yet been identified, although scholars have proposed a number of different sites. Most recent proposals point to a location east of the pacific ocean.