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Let's Argue: The Oldest Existing City in the World is...
I was talking with a friend, and we were talking about how young the United States is compared to other countries. And that turned into a discussion about the oldest, still-existing city on Earth.
It turns out that the title of the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world is contested, as several ancient cities have been continuously inhabited for thousands of years. However, here are some cities that are often cited as among the oldest:
Jericho (Palestinian Territories): This city has evidence of settlement dating back to around 9000 BCE. Its continuous history of habitation includes a rich tapestry of different cultures and civilizations.
Aleppo (Syria): This ancient city has been inhabited since perhaps as far back as 6000 to 5000 BCE. It's a city that has witnessed countless civilizations and has a rich archaeological heritage.
Damascus (Syria): Another very ancient city, Damascus has evidence of habitation dating back to around 4000 to 3000 BCE, and possibly even earlier. It is renowned for its rich history and was once a center of culture and learning in the ancient world.
Susa (Iran): An ancient city that possibly dates back to around 4200 BCE. It was an essential city in the Elamite, Persian, and Parthian empires.
Byblos (Lebanon): This city has been continuously inhabited for over 7000 years. It has been an essential site for various civilizations, including the Phoenicians.
Varanasi (India): One of the oldest cities in India, Varanasi has a rich history dating back to around 1800-1500 BCE.
So my friend says, ultimately, the oldest city is Jericho, but I still say it’s Aleppo.
Do you have any existing cities to beat either of those? I’m open to learning!
Have a super day,
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