(-.-) asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

Oldest nations in the world in order?

by nations i mean civilizations and by civilizations i mean they built a city and they started a kingdom/city-state/empire

for example if there was civilizations in eastern china but has nothing to do with Chinese people just call it china since its easier to relate


um hey zak? if you don't want to answer then don't and grats on your 2 points

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Answering which settlements are the oldest cities in the world is fraught with debate, and guesswork. For example, how does one define city? If city is defined by population, must it be continuously inhabited in order to qualify as one of the oldest cities in the world? Must the oldest cities in the world still exist today?

    One way of answering the question about which are the oldest cities in the world is to define city as a largely populous area, and further define that only cities that have been continuously populated count. This helps to clarify which are the oldest cities in the world according to the above criteria. However, listings are still subject to debate even when these two areas are defined.

    In spite of controversy, a list of the oldest cities might resemble the following:

    Byblos in present-day Lebanon may date back as far as 5000 BCE and is considered by many to be the oldest continuously populated city.

    Damascus in Syria has existed at least since 3000 BCE.

    Varansi in India also dates back further than 3000 BCE.

    Medinat Al-Fayoum in Egypt is possibly dated at 4000 BCE.

    Gaziantep in Turkey dates back to 3650 BCE.

    Hebron in Israel is dated at 3500 BCE.

    Athens in Greece dates to about 3000 BCE.

    Arbil and Kirkuk in Iraq have dates of 2300 and earlier than 3000 BCE respectively.

    Adana in Turkey and Jerusalem in Israel were established around 2000 BCE.

    Hama in Syria was established before 2000 BCE.

    Luxor/Thebes in Egypt also dates to 2000 BCE.

    Jaffa, Israel, and Aleppo, Syria are both about 3800 years old.

    Some dispute exists about excluding Jericho from the list. In its present day location, it is about 3400 years old. However, Jericho is often indicated as one of the oldest civilizations, with settlements dating back as far as 11,000 BCE. So many call Jericho one of the oldest cities in the world because some settlement has been established in or around Jericho since the shift to domestication of plants and animals.

    Another possible candidate for one of the oldest cities in the world is Catal Huyuk, a site in Turkey. It also dates approximately to the time when Jericho would have been founded, or 3000 years later, depending upon different accounts. It is near the current city of Konya, so it has not been continuously inhabited.

  • 紫杉
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    The oldest that survived till today is China.

    Unlike the other old civilizations that ended, mainly due to foreign invasions, though China has also been conquered by foreigners before, they end up absorbing the less advanced civilization and turning the barbarian invaders into Chinese.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Mesopotamia, Egypt - Old Kingdom, Greece, Persia, Rome, Sumeria, Incas, Aztecs, Mayans, Judea, Babylonians.....

    actually though in parts of Germany you have cavemen going back tens of thousands of years

  • 1 decade ago

    We don't know because we keep on discovering more older civilizations through archeology.

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  • 1 decade ago

    those that survive today?

    Egypt, China

    mesopotamia was first but theres not much left of that culture. Technically it would be the Iraquis today

  • zak
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    are you serious?????

    you want me to list all nations!!!!!!!

    Source(s): oops, sorry i didnt know there was such a huge number of losers who are willing to do all the work for you
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