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Old 08-31-2018, 09:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Grim Render View Post
A definition that contrasts a city with a town or hamlet seems pretty useless in this case, though, since I severely doubt there was any distinction made at that time.
Since there were no cities, it wasn't a distinction they were in any position to make. But I'm confident the inhabitants of the first real cities like Uruk and Eridu did make the distinction. They knew which places had ziggurats and palaces, and which didn't.
What I was more uncertain about was whether there exists some minimum size, or if "lots of people" is a relative term, since lots of people in the Ice Age is not necessarily a large number to us.
It's always relative, but "tens of thousands" would be a good working standard anyway. Uruk would have had 50,000 people at its height.