A metropolis is a word that means a very big city, that usually has over 500,000 people living in it. A metropolis often has many smaller towns and cities inside its area. The word is very old and began in Greece.
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.
Notes and referencesEdit
- 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
- 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.
- U.S. Census Bureau: About Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistics
- Megalopolis, my Arcadia, a podcast with a worldwide analysis of megacities (focus Latin America)