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Ancient Cities...Modern Countries
"Many cities mentioned in the Bible or in ancient writings are little more than piles of rubble, their glory days long past. Do you know in which modern countries these cities are located?"
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Ur was an ancient city in Mesopotamia, located near the mouth of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. It's considered to be one of the earliest known cities in world history...but where is it today?
A number of ancient cities were called Philadelphia, but the main one was given its name by the Hellenic ruler of Egypt, Ptolemy II Philadelphus. The first recorded settlement in the area appeared around 6500B.C., and the archaeological site shows evidence of extensive artistic talent. Where is Philadelphia today? (No, not the one in Pennsylvania)
The modern city of Patna is located near the headwaters of three major rivers, including the Son and the Gandak. However, it began as Pataliputra and the people who lived there formed one of the oldest continuously inhabited areas in the world. Where is it?
Delphi is known today as the site of the famous Oracle and was one of the major sites for the worship of Apollo. The Pythian Games, similar to the Olympics and dedicated to the honor of Apollo, are held here every four years. Where is 'here'?
Capurnam is mentioned in the Gospel of Luke and is thought to be the birthplace of the apostles Peter, Andrew, James, and John. Indeed, Matthew 4:13 refers to Capurnam as the home of Jesus and it is known that Jesus taught in the temple located there. Even though it is mostly ruins today, where was this Biblical city located?
Byblos is the Greek word for 'Egyptian papyrus' and, yes, it's where the word 'Bible' is derived. It's an ancient Greek city and was also known as Gibelet. Today, most people call it Jubayl, but where do people have to go to visit the place where the Bible received its name?
I was in a college production of "Othello" years ago and played the role of a soldier. During Othello's death scene, I stood outside his room, memorizing his immortal lines: "Say that in Aleppo once, where a malignant and turbaned Turk beat a Venetian [Desdemona] and traduced the state, I took by the throat the circumcised dog and smote him -- thus!" With that, he theatrically stabbed himself. Where is Aleppo?
One of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World were the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. It has been a holy city since 2300 B.C., but some scholars believe it was built on the site of an even older city known as 'Babil.' Today, the location of the city known in the Bible as a place of confusion (as in 'Tower of Babel) is in what troubled country?
Carthage was a major city in Phoenicia and was a financial powerhouse in the Mediterranean until its virtual destruction during the Third Punic War of 146 B.C. Today, the remains of Carthage are found in what country?
Nimrod was a legendary hunter and when Arabs were casting about for a new city on the Tigris River, they used his name, but with a slight variation in spelling. Where is Nimrud today?
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