A dialect of
the Akkadian Language, an extinct semitic language of the Northern
Peripheral group, spoken in Mesopotamia from the 3rd to the 1st millennium
At about 2000 BC
language divided into the Assyrian dialect, spoken in northern Mesopotamia,
and the Babylonian dialect, spoken in southern Mesopotamia.
Babylonian largely supplanted Assyrian becoming the lingua franca of the
Middle East by the 9th century BC.