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  • end of Year Geography Quiz, Question 37:

    37. What was the world's first city to reach a population of 1 million?

  • #2
    Re: end of Year Geography Quiz, Question 37:

    Shanghai?

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    • #3
      London or Rome. Can't decide which I'd go with.
      There are no strings on me

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      • #4
        It saddam's me to admit that I remember this from history in middle school, but it was Baghdad!

        I RAQ!

        Or not.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by guru
          London or Rome. Can't decide which I'd go with.
          I like both of those. I can't believe ancient Rome got that big, and I do know London was the first to a million in 'modern times'.

          But I bet the answer is a Chinese city!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by guru
            London or Rome. Can't decide which I'd go with.
            Sounds like a better choice. i just looked at the wiki page for Shanghai and it was considered a village as late as 800 AD

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            • #7
              London is my guess.
              "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
              by Thomas Henry Huxley

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              • #8
                London for me, too.

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                • #9
                  I haven't found the answer, but I have found corroboration for my ancient Rome skepticism, seems it topped out short by 100K. London's looker gooder! There is an outside chance that there was some Mid-Eastern cosmopolis - Constantinople, Damascus, Baghdad, Cairo.

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                  • #10
                    ditto London... my choice before I saw what anyone else said.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Marlow
                      I haven't found the answer, but I have found corroboration for my ancient Rome skepticism, seems it topped out short by 100K. London's looker gooder! There is an outside chance that there was some Mid-Eastern cosmopolis - Constantinople, Damascus, Baghdad, Cairo.
                      Yeah, and the Egyptians flew around in airplanes, too. :roll: I'm gonna be skeptical if it's a Mid-Eastern city.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Marlow
                        I haven't found the answer, but I have found corroboration for my ancient Rome skepticism, seems it topped out short by 100K. London's looker gooder! There is an outside chance that there was some Mid-Eastern cosmopolis - Constantinople, Damascus, Baghdad, Cairo.
                        How many bloody times you going to screw these up? Enjoy sitting the rest of the quiz out (and work on a new year's rez of "I'll learn to play nice with the other children").

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                        • #13
                          I'm going with Rome - being an Empire has to count for something.
                          There are no strings on me

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                          • #14
                            This reminds me of the trivia question that was being asked as we approached the year 2000. What was the world's largest city in the year 1000. I know the answer that was generally given surprised me. (I never did try to verify it.)

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by tandfman
                              I know the answer that was generally given surprised me. (I never did try to verify it.)
                              Do remember the answer?

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