If we were to ask you which cities you think are the most influential or attractive cities to live in throughout history, which would you pick? More than likely we’d probably come to roughly the same conclusion seeing as these cities would influence all of us (or at least most of us). Influential cities such as Athens, Beijing, Tokyo, Rome, New York, Paris, and London, have always been a magnet for art and culture, wealth, and large populations. But to rank history’s largest cities isn’t an easy task. To begin with, determining the world’s largest cities greatly depends on which definitions of “city” and “size” are used, and how those definitions are applied. The “size” of a city can refer to its land area, but more typically its population. How one defines the land area of a city is another key to determining its population size. Also, one has to keep in mind that what was considered large by the standards of the ancient world might be deemed the size of the average town by today’s standards as a result of the dramatic global population explosion since around 1000 BC. After detailed research we proudly present the 25 Largest Cities In the World Throughout History.
Mureybet is an ancient settlement mound, located on the west bank of the Euphrates in Ar-Raqqah Governorate, northern Syria. The site was excavated between 1964 and 1974 and has since disappeared under the rising waters of Lake Assad. According to many archaeologists Mureybet was a small village occupied by hunter-gatherers and it is believed that around 8000 BC it was the biggest city in the world with a total population of about 500 people.
Delhi is the capital territory of India and has been continuously inhabited since the sixth century BC. Throughout most of its history, Delhi has served as a capital of various kingdoms and empires, and has been seized, ransacked, and rebuilt several times. In 2014, Delhi became officially the world’s second most populous city after Tokyo, more than doubling its population since 1990 to 25 million, according to a UN report, even though many analysts believe that Delhi’s unofficial population is far greater than Tokyo’s.
Located near as-Sadaga, around 15 miles south of Petra, Basta is a Neolithic village that dates back to the 7th millennium BC. It’s estimated that at some point around 7000 BC Basta became the largest city in the world with 1,000 people.
Beidha is another major Neolithic archaeological site located a few miles north of Petra near Siq al-Barid in Jordan. It is included in Petra’s inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it also existed as the world’s largest city sometime around 7000 BC with about 2,000 citizens.
Çatalhöyük was a very large Neolithic and Chalcolithic proto-city settlement in southern Anatolia, which existed from approximately 7500 BC to 5700 BC, and flourished around 7000 BC. It is the largest and best-preserved Neolithic site found to date, while it is believed that around 6500 BC it became the largest city in the world with more than 3,000 people.