Monday, May 15, 2006

The First Cities in History

Founded: Around 4000-3500 BC.

Location: Between Present-day Syria and Iraq; Mesopotamia.

For the ancient Mesopotamians, their cities were the centers of life. When they looked back to the beginning of time, they did not see a Garden of Eden, but rather an ancient site called Eridu, which they believed was the first city ever to be created. Ancient Mesopotamia is where the world's first cities appeared around 4000 - 3500 BC.

Mesopotamian City, Center of Life

Image Source: ~click here~

No one knows for sure why urbanization began in Mesopotamia. The development of cities could have occurred due to environmental conditions. Lack of rainfall might have been the inspiration for people to organize themselves in a common effort to build canals for the irrigation of farmland. Another reason may have been the need for protection on the open plain, which could have led people to gather together to create walled enclaves. Whatever the reasons, this was the first time in history that humankind channeled its energies towards addressing the needs of a community as a whole.

Info. Source:
http://mesopotamia.lib.uchicago.edu/mesopotamialife/index.php

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very interesting, I hadn't heard any of that before. I didn't even know there was a documented history of the world's firt cities. Well done, keep enlightening us with historic info.

Mystique said...

Marra interesting
Keep posting

Julio said...

Thank you for inviting me to your blog, Maf.

It's fantastic to meet people who know a lot of their own country.
It's very interesting, keep on with the historic info in the blog.

I'm from Spain, and I'm going to take place in Riyahd for several months to work in the Islamic University.

See you soon in another post.

maf said...

Hay anonymous1,
thank you for your opinion..I will enlighten you with more intresting posts later, inshalla..

Hay mystique,
thanks for the encouragement!
:)

Julio,
I'm glad that you liked my blog..Good luck in your trip to Riyadh and hope to see you around again.. Adios! ;)

Ramy said...

Wow, Maf this is another great artical from you. I wish to see more great history articals from your blog. Very well done.
Regards, Ramy.

The Stallion said...

Mashallah! Great blog! Lots of great and helpful info! Great presentation! Very professional like!

maf said...

Hay Ramy,
thanks buddy..for sure you will see more of intresting articles, stay around!

Hello Stallion,
nice to see you around..
this blog is becoming more greater with your comments folks..stay tunned!

Salam!

Ramy said...

Hi Maf,
I love your blog and I dont understand why people dont comment a lot. This blog is one of the best I have seen. Almost everything you have posted have tought me something new. Very well written blog!
Best of luck!
Regards, Ramy.