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Largest Cities in Alexander's Empire

Name the most populous modern-day cities that are located within the territory conquered by Alexander the Great.
Based on urban area population according to citypopulation.de, 2024
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Last updated: March 1, 2024
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First submittedDecember 22, 2015
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Population
City
22.5 m
Cairo
20.9 m
Karachi
16.5 m
Tehran
15.9 m
Istanbul
14.5 m
Lahore
7.65 m
Baghdad
6.20 m
Alexandria
6.00 m
Amman
Population
City
5.15 m
Ankara
5.05 m
Kabul
4.78 m
Kuwait City
4.05 m
Faisalabad
3.88 m
Damascus
3.80 m
Islamabad / Rawalpindi
3.58 m
Athens
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Level 48
Mar 30, 2016
Mumble mumble... how is it possible that Kuwait City has 4 milion inhabitants when the whole Kuwait has just 2,7 millions?
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Level 62
Apr 2, 2016
Because the population of Kuwait is over 4 million.
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Level 82
May 9, 2016
The Government of Kuwait states there are 1.3 million Kuwaitis. On top of this, however, there are almost 3 million expats living in Kuwait. Given that the overwhelming majority of these live in Kuwait City, that figure seems about right.
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Level 45
Sep 5, 2017
Faisalabad in 2016 was over 4 million people, third city in Pakistan.
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Level 74
Jan 11, 2018
Yep - QM: have you seen this? Please add Faisalabad, Pakistan
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Level ∞
Jan 11, 2018
I'm waiting for citypopulation.de to update their population figures for 2018 before I touch any of these quizzes.
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Level 75
Oct 25, 2022
Speaking of that city, could you allow it spelled Faizalabad? Thanks.
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Level 58
May 15, 2018
Alexander didn't got a part of India ?
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Level 89
Aug 16, 2018
Well, Pakistan obviously, but not much of modern border India, no.
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Level 62
Oct 26, 2019
The boundaries of every empire ends at the Indian subcontinent- Greek, Persian, Ummayad, Mongol. Only the British managed to colonise through sly trade and administrative policies. And the Delhi Sultanate and Mughals never controlled every part of India at the same time. Because of the huge Hindu population, they had to be liberal to rule peacefully. (Although atrocities and xenophobic laws were there)
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Level 73
Feb 6, 2021
The Greeks did make it to India, though, with the Indo-Greek Kingdom.
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Level 71
Jul 1, 2021
The Indian kingdoms of the time seemed to have had enormous armies along with sizeable elephant cavalry (which are really not fun to go against in war). Also, Alexander's army was pretty tired and homesick by the time he finished conquering modern-day Pakistan. Not surprisingly, they mutinied when they heard of facing an even more intimidating enemy than the Persians.

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Level 81
Aug 16, 2018
Once you remember that a particular country made up part of his empire then this quiz goes from panicking that you only know just over half the answers to becoming relatively easy.... phew..
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Level 81
Aug 16, 2018
Alexander strikes me as a fair weather conqueror..
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Level ∞
Feb 27, 2021
Couldn't even be bothered to conquer the steppes of Mongolia or the frozen tundra of Siberia. So lazy.
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Level 60
Nov 3, 2018
Never knew Alexander was my neighbour
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Level 60
Nov 3, 2018
Wow FOUR Pakistani cities. No wonder he stopped here.
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Level 81
Nov 4, 2018
Faisalabad - complete guess. Nice quiz!
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Level 34
Mar 7, 2019
Islamabad is MUCH bigger than Faisalabad. Faisalabad- 3.26 Million. Islamabad-10.58 Million.
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Level ∞
Feb 27, 2021
What? No.
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Level 64
Apr 9, 2021
Islamabad only has a population of about 1 million
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Level 60
Jul 1, 2021
Bruh no. Islamabad and Rawalpindi COMBINED have almost 3.5 million. Trust me, I live here.
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Level 74
Jul 1, 2021
fml i forgot alexandria
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Level 62
Jul 1, 2021
Super quiz idea, good one. I forgot about Jordan....
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Level 58
Jul 1, 2021
I like this type of quizzes...

Funny though, that the most that I know about Alexander comes from a german sci-fi book series about an immortal alien who got caught on earth about 10000 years ago and then accompanies human civilisation trough the millennia...

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Level 55
Jul 3, 2021
I did this quiz straight after 'Modern Countries Conquered by Alexander the Great'. Amman is listed in this one, but Jordan is not listed in that one. Confusing...