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Uruk was a Sumerian city-state.


Uruk was founded on the Tigris and Euphrates river in Mesopotamia. The city was at the center of several other cities, such as Ur, Lagash, Nippur and Babylon. To the north of the city were the Assyrian cities of Ashur and Nineveh.

Behind the scenes

The city appeared in The Cradle of Civilization, an article that gave an abridged history of the ancient Mesopotamia cities and locations. Uruk is a real-life city that had had activity since at least 4000 BC. According to the Kings List, the city was founded by Emmekar.

In other languages, the city is known as Unug in Sumerian and Warkāʼ in Arabic.