Quiz: How Much Do You Know About the Ancient Cities of the World?
How Much Do You Know About the Ancient Cities of the World?
By: Zoe Samuel
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About This Quiz

Human civilization is about 10,000-15,000 years old, from the first day that a hunter-gatherer society decided that they'd had enough hunting and gathering but never being able to store anything against lean times, and decided to put up a permanent stone dwelling. This led to the development of farming, which led to the invention of wealth. While the downside of this was that inequality of gender was invented this way - women in previous times did most of the hunting and weren't considered property, as studies of such societies have shown - one of the upsides was that enough surplus was generated to allow for two key developments: leisure and specialization. If you were one of the lucky people afforded that leisure and the education necessary to specialize, this meant that you could set about building cities - and so people did.

Contrary to bad teaching that too many of us receive, civilization appeared in parallel all over the world, with magnificent cities on every continent trading ideas and inventions back and forth. Some of these are still with us. Others fell, but new ones rose on the same sites. Still others disappeared and left only traces. How well do you know them? It's time to find out!

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