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Greatest cities throughout history — Jericho: the world’s largest city in 7000 BC


Jericho has existed for over 10,000 years, earning the title of being the oldest city in the world. While 2,000 people may not seem like many now, that was the population in Jericho in 7000 B.C., when Jericho was the largest city in existence. Having that many people in one location was a feat because, at that time, having too many people in one place often meant running out of vital resources like food and water.

However, Jericho’s location between the Dead Sea and Mount Nebo created a natural irrigation system from the Jordan River. This system allowed the citizens to grow the crops needed to sustain Jericho’s people without worrying about overpopulation. In fact, the agricultural surplus allowed others to move from the fields and specialize in other areas, such as politics and religion. Merchants and artisans likely also developed in Jericho.

Although the city did not have it when it was first established, Jericho was well-known for its surrounding wall. The wall reached about 15 feet wide and over 10 feet high, and it had stone towers that were about 25 feet high. The wall was built for protection against enemies and, presumably, to help prevent flooding. It was sloped as well, which made scaling it very difficult.

This wall was also the feature of a well-known biblical story in the book of Joshua. The story goes that the Israelite people had just crossed the Jordan River and entered the land of Canaan. They believed that this land was promised to them by God, but the city of Jericho prevented them from taking it. In the story, the Israelites simply had to walk around the wall chanting and blowing trumpets for several days and the wall would fall. They did this, and the wall fell, and they took the city, burning it and its inhabitants to the ground. The story also states that Joshua “cursed” anyone who would try to rebuild the city. Nonetheless, the population of Jericho is about 19,000 as of the early 2000s.


feat — подвиг, искусство;

vital resources — жизненно важные ресурсы;

natural irrigation system — естественная система орошения;

to sustain — подкреплять, поддержать;

overpopulation — перенаселение;

Merchants — торговцы;

established — утвержден, установлен;

presumably — предположительно;

prevent flooding — предотвратить потоп

scaling  -вычисление размеров, взвешивание;

blowing trumpets — дудеть в трубы;

inhabitants — жители;

Nonetheless — тем не менее.

Рубрика: Интересное, Полезности грамматики

Фразовые глаголы — Phrasal verbs

Сегодня мы поговорим о фразовых глаголах.

Фразовые глаголы, которые состоят из обычного глагола и предлога, довольно часто употребляются как самими носителями языка, так и теми, кто только изучает тонкости английского.

Легче всего их изучать либо по темам (путешествия, финансы и т.д.), либо отдельно каждый глагол. Главное не зубрить их списком, а используя визуальные таблицы стараться понять логику их образования и запомнить, что часто они имеют два значения — прямое и переносное.

Еще один секрет запоминания фразовых глаголов заключается в его соответствии с обычным глаголом и тоже на английском — например, go back — return, get off — leave и т.д. А еще лучше запоминать наоборот, зная обычный глагол пытаться найти аналог фразового. И составить свои предложения-ассоциации. Лучше письменно.

На примере визуальной схемы, рассмотрим фразовый глагол COME.

come phrasal

И сразу проверим свои знания в упражнениях:

  1. We are going to the cinema tonight; would you like to —?
  2. The students want to organize a charity event and have — with some great ideas.
  3. My parents are —- for dinner tonight; I hope you don’t mind
  4. Our new colleague —- as an efficient and friendly member of staff.
  5. When she was told her son had had an accident, she fainted but soon —-.
  6. I —-an old friend while I was doing the shopping this morning. I hadn’t seen him for years!

1. How am I going to come ________ ( = find, get) all that money?
  up with
  up to

2. He came ________ ( = inherited) a lot of money when his grandfather died.

3. I’m pretty sure he was coming ________ me ( = flirting with me) last night.
  up to
  up with
  on to

4. My favorite singer is coming ________ ( = releasing) a new CD next month.
  out with
  out to
  up with

5. He came ________ me ( = attacked me) with a knife.

6. I think I’m coming ________ something. ( = I think I’m getting sick.)
  down with
  up with

7. She came ________ ( = regained consciousness) about half an hour after she passed out.

8. I came ________ ( = found, by chance) some old magazines while I was cleaning my room.
  up with

9. You have to come ________ ( = think of) a better excuse than that.
  through with
  up with
  around to

10. He came ________ as ( = made the impression of being) arrogant.


А по этим ссылкам можно послушать объяснение и примеры составления предложений с обычными и фразовыми глаголами: