The World's Earliest Cities

March 17, 2009

Archeologists, anthropologists and historians have long known that the world's first cities were built in ancient Mesopotamia beginning in about 3500 BC. In this program, Geoff Emberling, director of the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute, discussed principles of ancient Mesopotamian urban development with a look at the city of the legendary king Gilgamesh, capital cities of the Assyrian empire, and the largest ancient Mesopotamian city, Babylon.

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Geoff Emberling

Geoff Emberling

Geoff Emberling is an archaeologist and museum director at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. He has directed excavations in Sudan and at Tell Brak in northeastern Syria, which proved to be the site of one of the world's first cities.