Mega Cities of the Ancient World; John Harrington & Thomas C. Frohlich; Wall St

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31. Samarkand

Peak population: 100,000

Peak population year(s): 400 B.C., 300 B.C.

Location 39.7° 66.9°, present day Uzbekistan

The famed city of Samarkand, known in ancient times as Sumargand, was an important stop on the storied Silk Road trading route. The city, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, dates back to the seventh century B.C.

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