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Jose Velasquez says
Both good choices Philly. If not mistaken the Great pyramids are in the geographical center of the world And Jerusalem is certainly been of the most important religious cities for thousands of years.
Read some of Zechariah Sitchen's books sometime Tey. His translations of the Sumerian cuneiform texts are fascinating and have convinced many that there may be more to the ancient "gods" than mere myth.
Influential broad term. Athens/Rome academics/ religion) I think rule. Const/Istan close. Egyptian medical/math rank high but can't think of a city. Sumer blank. I have to include Babylon/Berlin (hedonistic/political-religion mix) for greed and evil?
Kevo- so true about Sumer, practically everything we have in our civilization today had their roots in the Sumerian epoch. I'm saving my choice abit longer- surprised no ones brought it up yet, but we'll see.
Indeed it does Alastar, and Teylina, Sumer along with Akkad and Assyria and Babylon where the main civilizations that made up the Mesopotamian empires. They brought along the bronze age and the Egyptians picked this up from them as well.
True, very true Kevo- ever read any Sitchen?
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The capital of the eastern Roman Empire, then the Byzantine Empire, and then the power center of the Ottoman Turks- excellent pick kdawson!
"studied" portions of other translations of little of the cuneiform texts--varying messages, couple allusions to same as your comment about Sitchen--have to look him up-- this happens to be something I've been interested in a long time. Istanbul yes!
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angie ashbourne says
Wow that's a lot of folks there in Cairo Angie! Talk about antiquity and influence on history- Cairo and Egypt have them both in spades. Great choice here Canook!
Excellent choice with Costan/Instan kathryn1000. From the city's founding by Constantine the Great through to the Ottoman Turks in the 15th century it played a tremendous role in world history.
Old Empresario says
Read a new book called 'Babylon' so got caught up on the Babylonian history some and in my opinion your absolutely right about it having more influence than Athens.