I have compiled a list of what I consider to be ten of the most interesting facts regarding the History of Cities! Take a look!
- To understand the history of a city, it is first important to understand human civilization before cities officially established themselves. According to chapter two in our textbook, humans appeared on earth about 200,000 years ago. Before cities and established civilizations lived small groups of nomadic tribes. These groups, which were between 25-50 people, would follow the animals they hunted in accordance to the seasons and the vegetation of the land. When the animals moved on, the camps would follow them seeking food and other resources such as skin and fur for clothing. These groups were hunters and gatherers and relied mainly on animals and the constant change of nature in relation to their region’s elements. https://email@example.com:14.6
- Jericho is considered the oldest city in the world. Located where present-day Israel stands today, along the Dead Sea, Jericho was already an ancient city when pyramids were being built in Egypt a solid 10,000 years later. Jericho has been known for its immaculate and ahead-of-its-time innovations. Jericho was the first to use sun-dried brick to build their houses, have a tower, and a wall surrounding the city which suggests that there was a strong and organized division of labor. Jericho would see ruination and rebirth a couple more times over the next few thousands of years, proving not only it’s resilience, but also the strong and important relationship between technology and the city. Jericho is interesting on a sociological level because it provides insight into humankind’s ability to create a structured and functioning infrastructure. It proves that humans have always been able to adapt to their surroundings. Below is Jericho, surrounded by it’s huge wall creating what is known as the World’s first real city.
- Rome is known to be one of the, if not strongest, cities in all of history. Rome has always dominated. By the time Jesus Christ was living and breathing on Earth, Rome had already been established as the dominant city in Western Civiliation, fueled by military and politics. Romans took pride in being bigger and better in all aspects and was not shy in its admiration of wealth and power. According to the textbook, the Roman workforce built over 50,000 miles of road which would lead out into all different directions from the city, allowing for accessible ways to trade and travel. Rome also had an aqueduct system that was considered to be one of the most remarkable engineer feats in the ancient world. The Romans built 11 separate aqueducts, which together could deliver up to 264 gallons per person to its 1 million residents. To me, the Romans created one of the first real cultures in history. Rome is fascinating not only because it is one of the strongest and smartest cities that existed before the Dark, Middle, and Modern ages, but also because of it’s cultural practices, like gladiator fights. The whole city would come together and witness men fighting each other to the death. Unlike today, where we tend to avoid witnessing murder, ancient residents of cities that practiced these traditions used these events as a way to come together as a whole and feel a sense of spirit. Kind of like today’s version of major sporting events. r