Definition: The first
major city in Sumeria, founded about 3500 B.C. The first
king of Uruk was Gilgamesh. This man is alternately said to
be the inspiration for the great story the Epic of Gilgamesh
or the actual man. Whatever the case, Gilgamesh built the
city's walls. In its day, Uruk was larger than other
city-states put together. Some experts have estimated Uruk's
population at close to 50,000 people.
Ancient Middle East
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