25 Largest Cities In the World Throughout History

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.


Tell Brak

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Tell Brak was an ancient city in Syria. Tell Brak is the current name of the tell and the city’s original name is unknown. During the second half of the third millennium BC, the city was known as Nagar and later on, Nawar and was famous for being at some point (probably around 5000 BC) the biggest city in the world with more than 4,000 people.


Mexico City

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According to the most recent definition agreed on by the federal and state governments, the Greater Mexico City population is 21.2 million people, making it the largest metropolitan area in the western hemisphere and the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world. Also, during the late 1980s there were rumors that Mexico City was unofficially the largest metropolitan area in the world but that was never officially verified.



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Susa (located in modern Iran) was one of the most important cities of the Ancient Near East. In historic literature, Susa appears in the very earliest Sumerian records: for example, it is described as one of the places obedient to Inanna, patron deity of Uruk, in Enmerkar and the Lord of Aratta. According to some historians Susa was also the world’s largest city around 3500 BC with more than 8,000 people.



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Οne of the world’s most visited cities today, London has something for everyone: from history and culture to fine food and good times. In 1825, while the British Empire reached across the globe bringing in immense wealth for the English elite, London was becoming the largest city in the world with more than 1.3 million people, despite incredibly high crime rates and poverty among the masses.



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For more than four centuries the island of Ayutthaya was considered the most beautiful city in the world by diplomats who traveled there. Today it may only be a small touristic site but in 1700 it was the world’s most populous city with more than one million people.

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