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Third Dynasty of Ur

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The Third Dynasty of Ur, also called the Neo-Sumerian Empire, refers to a 22nd to 21st century BC (middle chronology) Sumerian ruling dynasty based in the city of Ur and a short-lived territorial-political state which some historians consider to have been a nascent empire.

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Ur III dynasty
c. 2112 BC â€“ c. 2004 BC
Map showing the Ur III state and its sphere of influence.
Map showing the Ur III state and its sphere of influence.
Common languagesSumerian, Akkadian
Sumerian religion
• c. 2112–2095 BC (MC)
Ur-Nammu (first)
• c. 2028–2004 BC (MC)
Ibbi-Sin (last)
Historical eraBronze Age
• Established
c. 2112 BC (MC)
• Lament for Ur
c. 2004 BC (MC)
• Disestablished
c. 2004 BC (MC)
Preceded by
Succeeded by
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Blank.png Second dynasty of Lagash
Isin-Larsa period Elam_Map.jpg
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The Third Dynasty of Ur is commonly abbreviated as Ur III by historians studying the period. It is numbered in reference to previous dynasties, such as the First Dynasty of Ur (26-25th century BC), but it seems the once supposed Second Dynasty of Ur was never recorded.[1]

The Third Dynasty of Ur was the last Sumerian dynasty which came to preeminent power in Mesopotamia. It began after several centuries of control by Akkadian and Gutian kings. It controlled the cities of Isin, Larsa, and Eshnunna and extended as far north as Upper Mesopotamia.