by Naram-Sin, king of Akkad, to refer to what we call Mesopotamia.
The latter is a Greek term and concept (“land between the rivers”)
which was alien to the ancients who lived there.
“Four river banks” refers to the two banks of the Tigris and of the Euphrates respectively,
the “bank” being the starting point of the irrigation system
which characterized the territory from the middle course of the rivers down to the Gulf.
The term was introduced by Naram-Sin to refer to the new political reality
which his gandfather, Sargon, had started to implement and he had consolidated.
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