What Was the Role of Kings in Ancient Mesopotamia?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 25, 2020 6:23:00 AM ET
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The king's role in ancient Mesopotamia was to keep order in a world of many threats and in the context of an extremely pessimistic worldview. With constant dangers of floods and drought, kings had to protect the people in the realm, gather all the resources they could muster and honor the local gods whom the populace believed had the power to protect or destroy them.