According to the Sumerian Kinglist Sargon’s father was a gardener but whether this refers to his birth or adoptive father is not known although the latter appears more likely.
In Kish, Kug-Bau, the only woman listed as a ruler by the king list begins a dynasty and earned the epithet “who made firm the foundations of Kish.” Although Kish would eventually lose its claim to hegemony Kug-Bau’s son and grandson would each follow her to the throne and the city itself would continue to prosper.The reign of her grandson Ur-Zababa is remembered as one of prosperity that was sanctioned by the gods.Before the ancient account mentions Sargon the setting is described.The city of Kish, traditionally associated with kingship over all of Sumer, was once again prosperous.Even in later use the name Šarru-kinu was not written in the standardized cuneiform Akkadian of the Assyrians, but rather in what is known as Old Babylonian which incorporated logograms from the more ancient Sumerian language. The intent to partake in Sargon the Great’s legacy was so strong that Sargon II, 722-705 BCE, continued the use of the nearly extinct logograms to convey his name in exactly the same way as had Sargon the Great 1,500 years earlier.
The kings name in the ancient texts is written using the logograms LUGAL. The Legend of Sargon There are several different versions of the text known as the Legend of Sargon.
This appears to have been the case with Akki and the adoption of Sargon.
However Sargon would not remain a gardener for long as he was to attract the attention of the goddess Inanna who “loved him.” The legendary support of the goddess Inanna would propel Sargon onto great things yet the real name and identity of this Akkadian King is likely forever lost to the ages. There are three ancient texts which shed light on the events leading up to Sargon the Great seizing the throne of Kish and becoming overlord of Mesopotamia.
In this case the child was born and then given up for adoption.
The practice of adoption is well documented in ancient texts and it was not uncommon for families to adopt sons in an effort to help guarantee the future of the family business.
Zababa was the name of the cities local god of war and the name Ur-Zababa can be translated as throat/voice of the god Zababa.