Metropolis

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A metropolis is a word that means a very big city,[1] that usually has over 500,000 people living in it.[2] A metropolis often has many smaller towns and cities inside its area. The word is very old and began in Greece.[1]

In a broader sense, it refers to the city or state of origin of a colony (as of ancient Greece), a city regarded as a center of a specified activity, or a large important city.

Old uses[change | change source]

In the past many large cities were called a metropolis due to their size or importance; such as: Alexandria, Angkor, Antioch, Athens, Babylon, Baghdad, Beirut, Benares, Byblos, Cahokia, Carthage, Constantinople, Corinth, Damascus, Dholavira, Ephesus, Great Zimbabwe, Harappa, Jerusalem, Leptis Magna, Nanjing, Nineveh, Macchu Picchu, Mohenjo-Daro, Rome, Sarai, Side, Siracuse, Tenochtitlan, Teotihuacan, Tikal, Tyre, Xian and Ur.

Modern Metropolises[change | change source]

Africa[change | change source]

Americas[change | change source]

North America[change | change source]

Middle America[change | change source]

South America[change | change source]

Asia[change | change source]

Eastern Asia[change | change source]

Southern Asia[change | change source]

Southeastern Asia[change | change source]

Western/Central Asia[change | change source]

Europe[change | change source]

Central Europe[change | change source]

Eastern Europe[change | change source]

Northern Europe[change | change source]

Southern Europe[change | change source]

Western Europe[change | change source]

Oceania[change | change source]

Other pages[change | change source]

Notes and references[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 United Nations, "Population density and urbanization"; compare Werner Staub and Dirk Krischenowki. "GeoTLDs – Diversity, Multilingualism and Local Content," Internet Governance Forum, Oct 30 – Nov 2, 2006, p. 31 n4; excerpt, "The United Nations has set up its own classifications scheme: a "big city" is a locality with 500,000 or more inhabitants; a "city" is a locality with 100,000 or more inhabitants; an "urban locality" is a locality with 20,000 or more inhabitants; a "rural locality" is a locality with less than 20,000 inhabitants ..."; retrieved 2013-4-24
  2. Metropolis Association A full member is either a capital city or a city with more than one million inhabitants, City Mayors: Metropolis World Congress. Retrieved 15 July 2006.
  • Allen J. Scott (ed.) Global City Regions: Trends, Theory, Policy, Oxford University Press (2001).
  • Monti, Daniel J., Jr., The American City: A Social and Cultural History. Oxford, England and Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishers, 1999. 391 pp. ISBN 978-1-55786-918-0.

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