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Ancient Cities Quiz

Name the modern countries where these ancient cities were/are located.
Answer must correspond to the yellow box. Some answers used more than once
Some of these cities still exist
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Last updated: November 4, 2018
First submittedApril 24, 2011
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City
Modern Country
Babylon
Iraq
Pompeii
Italy
Tenochtitlan
Mexico
Troy
Turkey
Memphis
Egypt
Carthage
Tunisia
Angkor
Cambodia
Constantinople
Turkey
Xanadu
China
City
Modern Country
Nineveh
Iraq
Machu Picchu
Peru
Edo
Japan
Tikal
Guatemala
Timbuktu
Mali
Antioch
Turkey
Ur
Iraq
Ravenna
Italy
Sparta
Greece
City
Modern Country
Petra
Jordan
Knossos
Greece (Crete)
Ayutthaya
Thailand
Kharakhorum
Mongolia
Tyre
Lebanon
Corinth
Greece
Cusco
Peru
Luoyang
China
Persepolis
Iran
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level 10
Nov 20, 2013
Hey I'm Chinese how come I don't know there's a place called Xanadu, and it's wrong spelling. It's Chengdu. Oh whatever you didn't say that you need country names so I kept typing city names. :(
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level 56
Dec 13, 2013
Xanadu is Marco Polo's spelling of Shangdu 上都 during the Yuan dynasty, not Chengdu.
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level 35
Mar 6, 2016
I'm Chinese, too and I know Xanadu. Xanadu was the vacation capital of Kublai Khan. It is located in modern-day Shangdu.
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level 77
Jul 24, 2017
So, where's the sacred river Alph? The caves of ice?
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level 48
Jun 18, 2017
I just though of ELO.
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level 57
Nov 30, 2013
Machu Picchu is spelled with two Cs.
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level ∞
Dec 14, 2013
Fixed!
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level 77
Dec 13, 2013
Only 19% got Karakorum... easy for me... but probably only because I'm used to seeing it as the capital city when you play as the Mongols in any of the Civilization computer games. oh and, though I'm sure I plug it enough already, oldest cities 2 of these clues are among the oldest continually-inhabited places on Earth.
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level 45
Sep 20, 2014
yes Civ help me with a few as well!
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level 43
Dec 12, 2015
Exposure to Civilization III since the age of six is paying off now that I've found this website!
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level 77
Mar 5, 2016
Here's an easier version of the same quiz I linked to above:

Oldest Cities by Country
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level 58
Mar 5, 2016
I don't play civilization, but I learned about the Mongol empire, so yah.
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level 48
Jun 18, 2017
I too owe a great debt to Civ.
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level 77
Jul 24, 2017
There's a mountain range by that name in China/Pakistan/India and, consequently, the name is used to brand a lot of mountaineering products. That might have steered some people away from Mongolia.
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level 43
Feb 18, 2019
ive played 3 4 and 5. maybe 6 soon
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level 56
Jan 6, 2015
ancient cities, many in the middle east and not one is israel?
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level 43
Jun 7, 2016
Yeah, they should drop one of the Iraq cities and add Acre as one of the cities.
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level 54
Feb 2, 2015
Why is Knossos "Greece (Crete)"? Also, maybe put Shangdu instead of Xanadu? It's a far more common name
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level 43
Mar 9, 2015
Crete is not a country, it belongs to Greece.
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level 68
Jan 13, 2016
Exactly! So what's the point of mentioning Crete? I was wondering the same thing...
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level 54
Mar 10, 2016
Haha, over a year later and still there... now I have another slight gripe or two, why call it Kharakhorum? Never seen that transcription before. And maybe accept Syria for Antioch? It's called "Syrian Antioch" and is located in an area that Syria disputes, and was traditionally historically Syrian for that claim.
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level 62
Oct 22, 2019
definitely not more common! But yes I wondered why that one was in parenthesis aswell, none of the other have somethng like that.
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level 43
Mar 9, 2015
Timbuktu still exists, same city, same location.
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level 58
Mar 5, 2016
With that logic, Carthage still exists
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level 63
Mar 11, 2016
What logic? The city still does exist and is still called Timbuktu.
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level 43
Feb 18, 2019
just near it
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level 62
Oct 22, 2019
So, it says some cities still exist.
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level 67
Mar 8, 2016
Thanks for mentioning Nineveh, it took me back to schooldays and to 'Cargoes' a poem By John Masefield that starts ................. "QUINQUIREME of Nineveh from distant Ophir, Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine................ I loved that poem when I was a day-dreaming little boy.
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level 12
Mar 8, 2016
All right I spose
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level 46
Jun 28, 2016
Constantinople is Istanbul
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level 46
Jun 28, 2016
I thought it was Timbikuku
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level 46
Jun 28, 2016
antioch is in syria !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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level 58
Aug 26, 2016
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antakya
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level 69
Sep 8, 2016
Funny that Ayutthaya is so seldom guessed, given it basically has Thai in its name.
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level 43
Feb 18, 2019
ive never heard of it, so how would i know? i knew every other one though
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level 62
Oct 22, 2019
There is also yut in its name though it is not in denmark (jutland)
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level 46
Nov 12, 2016
Got 'em all except Kharakhorum... tried India and all -stans
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level 19
Aug 23, 2017
How did I miss Timbuktu, Mali?
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level 35
Aug 8, 2018
Cool!
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level 56
Aug 17, 2019
cant believe kharakorum was least famous! its where Ghengis Kahn ruled. I thought he was the most famous person rivalled only by Jesus christ, Muhammad and Confucius.
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level 62
Oct 22, 2019
A big name with a big history, but not someone I learned alot about. Nor in later years hear a lot of info on, just, gets, mentioned now and then, would definitely not call most famous. So many people more famous. Cleopatra, hitler, elvis the list is rather endless.

I would argue even cthulhu is more famous he pops up in wayy more places, books, videogames, memes, tshirts (and basicly any product you can think of that is printed with an image) You havent made it untill you are on a tshirt and fanfiction is being made about you!