Completely destroyed cities

May 2009
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Angkor, the old capital of the Cambodian Khmer empire. It was sacked then abandoned in the 15th century. The ruins of Angkor Wat are all that's left of it.
 
Jan 2015
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England
Babylon
Memphis

Though I don't think either of those cities become uninhabited after a sudden destruction, but it was rather a gradual decline.
 
Nov 2019
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Bylanuelde,Alemannia
The legendary City "Cerne" destroyed by the Amazonqueen Myrinia and rebuild the town, which was after rebuilding the City called after her.

In later timer rediscoverd by Hanno the Navigator but not as Myrinacity ,he called it Cerne ,today it is called Essaouira
but it has many Names
"Essaouira - a town with many names!
Karikon Teikos,Thamuziga,Amagdoul, Mogadouro, Mogadour, Mougadir, Megoudar, Mogador,Tassourt, Souïra are all names of the town Essaouira....and there are more names of Essaouira:
"Une cité sous les Alizés" - A city under the Trade Winds -
"La Cité des alizés
"Essaouira - "the windcity"
"The pearl of the kingdom" or "The pearl of the Atlantic"
"The door of Timbuktu" "
I am 88%sure that today Essaouira is "Cerne"
 
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Oct 2018
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Sydney
The legendary City "Cerne" destroyed by the Amazonqueen Myrinia and rebuild the town, which was after rebuilding the City called after her.

In later timer rediscoverd by Hanno the Navigator but not as Myrinacity ,he called it Cerne ,today it is called Essaouira
but it has many Names
"Essaouira - a town with many names!

I am 88%sure that today Essaouira is "Cerne"
The identity of Hanno's Kerne is a matter of debate, and an interesting one at that, since the place marks the southernmost trading post of Carthage. Hanno writes:

'When we had got interpreters from the Lixites, we sailed along the desert shore for two days to the south. After sailing eastward for one day, we found in the recess of a bay a small island which had a circumference of five stades. We left settlers there and called it Kerne. We calculated from the journey that this island lay opposite Carthage, for the time sailing from Carthage to the Pillars and from there to Kerne was the same.'

The Livius.org commentator says the following (Hanno the Navigator (2) - Livius):

"Kerne" renders Phoenician Chernah, which means "last habitation". It is tempting to locate it at an islet called Herne in the Rio de Oro bay, close to Ad Dakhla. An alternative, preferred by J. Ramin ("Ultima Cerne" in R. Chevalier [ed.], Littérature Gréco-Romaine et Géographie historique. Mélanges offerts à Robert Dion, 1974 Paris), is to identify it with one of the islands in the Bay of Arguin at the Mauretanian coast.
Both identifications, however, suffer from the same drawback: the distance between the river Lixos - whatever its precise location - and Kerne is more than a three days' sea journey, even when we take into account that Hanno made use of the Canarian current and the north-eastern trade winds. Therefore, the first editor of Hanno's narrative, Karl Müller, proposed to read "twelve" instead of "two" for the voyage along the desert coast, postulating a common scribal error (B' instead of IB').
 
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Jan 2007
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Scotland
Tenochtitlan
Supposedly had one of the most remarkable zoos known to man. Not only did it contain all the animals and plants of the Aztec empire, it also held members of the indigenous tribes for display.
I'd love to see that zoo.
 
Oct 2018
1,872
Sydney
Motya is an example. A Phoenician port founded on an island off the western tip of Sicily and connected to the mainland by a bridge, it came under the control of the Carthaginians and along with Panormus (Palermo) served as their principal headquarters in Sicily. In 398 BC Dionysius of Syracuse besieged and sacked the city in the first recorded instance of catapults and quinqueremes. He destroyed the town, and rather than rebuild the site the Carthaginians founded the high-security port of Lilybaeum (Marsala) nearby. It has since remained a ruin and is thus an exceptional site for Punic archaeology.
 
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