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Antioch On The Orontes - The Birth Of An Ancient Metropolis

Introduction

New York, Tokyo, Paris, Rio de Janeiro. The list of the great metropolises of our age is as versatile in geography as it is long. But we should not think that metropolises are an invention of the modern age. Surely, their size and population cannot be compared to anything the world has seen, but great cities were the landmark of every civilization, since the dawn of time.

The epoch of Hellenism (IV-I century BC) saw the birth of some of the greatest cities of Antiquity. Antioch on the Orontes River was one of the most splendid of them, a true rival of Alexandria in Egypt. So how did this great city come to being? Was it possible that the vision of a single man and