The World's Largest City Timeline

Name the cities that have been the largest in the world
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Last updated: May 17, 2013
First submittedJanuary 24, 2013
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BC
Country
City
3100
Egpyt
Memphis
2240
Iraq
Akkad
2075
Iraq
Lagash
2030
Iraq
Ur
1770
Iraq
Babylon
1670
Egpyt
Avaris
612
Iraq
Babylon
1557
Egpyt
Memphis
1400
Egypt
Thebes
668
Iraq
Nineveh
320
Egypt
Alexandria
300
India
Patna
195
China
Xi'an
AD
Country
City
25
Italy
Rome
340
Turkey
Istanbul
570
Iraq
Ctesiphon
637
China
Xi'an
775
Iraq
Baghdad
935
Spain
Cordoba
1013
China
Kaifeng
1127
Turkey
Istanbul
1145
Turkmenistan
Mary
1170
Morocco
Fes
AD
Country
City
1180
China
Hangzhou
1315
Egypt
Cairo
1348
China
Hangzhou
1358
China
Nanjing
1425
China
Beijing
1650
Turkey
Istanbul
1710
China
Beijing
1825
United Kingdom
London
1925
United States
New York City
1965
Japan
Tokyo
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Level 71
Dec 21, 2012
Great quiz. Perhaps you could give us a break by allowing Cordoba.
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Level 78
Dec 29, 2012
Good quiz. According to "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_cities_throughout_history" 2075 BC largest city was Girsu with a footnote "Girsu (Telloh), the later capital of the state of Lagash, was situated 25 km NW of Lagash (Tell al Hiba), though both sites are frequently referred as Lagash." So maybe you should accept Girsu also?
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Level 81
Mar 6, 2013
great quiz but agree with previous posters you should loosen up a bit on acceptable answers. I managed to score in the 99th percentile but would have been easier if you accepted the more common spelling Cordoba, and maybe if you accepted Luxor for Thebes (Thebes was the Greek name for the city anyway). Just a few suggestions. Otherwise great quiz, was going to do the same one myself.
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Level 73
Mar 20, 2013
Hard quiz with all the ancient cities. 14/26. Can't believe I forgot to guess Cairo and forgot the H in Baghdad. Can you accept Nanjing and Cordoba since you accept the modern name for Constantinople?
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Level 47
May 17, 2013
Thanks for all the comments! I have updated Cordoba, Nanjing and Lagash.
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Level 33
Jan 29, 2015
Good quiz, found it very hard. Would be useful having the historical country it was part of next to the modern day country it's part of.
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Level 63
Dec 6, 2017
This now needs an update as the largest city is now Guangzhou.
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Level 38
Feb 17, 2021
Turkmesistan had the biggest city
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Level 38
Feb 17, 2021
suprising