Which Ancient City Should You Live In?

By: Zoe Samuel

Which Ancient City Should You Live In?
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About This Quiz

If you want to find a place to live, there are many things to consider. People move house for career reasons, for family reasons and for budgetary reasons. Some people live with roommates, romantic partners, parents or all of the above. Some people prefer to live with other people like them, either politically, ethnically, religiously or otherwise. All of these needs are fairly easy to navigate in the modern world because we have some idea of where one would live for any of these reasons. If you're a techie, you might live near San Francisco (But not in it! I mean, are you made of money?!). If you are in finance, you would likely live in New York City. Fashion? Paris, or Milan. Politics? Washington D.C., Brussels or London.

What if you were to live in the ancient world? What ancient city would suit you? Since we've already narrowed the search to cities, that further narrows your reasons for the move, so we can now say you are moving as an urbanite of some stripe. Well, don't worry. We have come up with a way of translating the normal needs of your average city dweller into a form that will tell us which ancient city you would thrive in. Our real estate experts have gone back in time at great expense (the machine runs on bars of gold) to survey the ancient world for the best places to live, and now we can help you find your ancient urban pad!

Are you planning on living with any family?
No, just me.
My whole family, parents and all, yes.
I'd consider one of my siblings.
No, but I want them nearby.

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Do you plan on having roommates?
No, I need my space.
No, I'll have enough people living with me already.
Yes, so I can better afford rent.
Yes, since I'll want my friends as close as possible.

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Will you be living with a spouse or romantic partner?
Probably
Not unless we're married
Probably not
Definitely

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Do you work from home?
No, I work outside.
No, I work in an office.
No, I work in cafes.
Yes, I do.

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Are you moving for career reasons?
I go where the work takes me.
I need to be in the heart of my industry.
I need to be where the brains of the business are.
I need to be with the risk takers.

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Do you need particularly fast internet?
Nope
No, but it has to be reliable.
Yes, as fast as possible.
Balance fast and reliable

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How interested in fashion are you?
Very! Fashion is totally my thing.
I like to look powerful.
I don't care about it.
I only want functional, modest clothing.

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How important is theater to you?
I need at least some in my life.
I love the theater!
It's frivolous nonsense.
It's a distraction from the important work!

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What industry are you in?
I work for a luxury brand.
Finance
I'm an academic.
Tech

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What sort of job do you have?
Social media maven
Professional schmoozer
Manager
Entrepreneur

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Are you particularly interested in continuing your education?
Not at all
Maybe a bit
Of course!
Only in my area of expertise

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Do you like to be involved in politics?
Not all that much, but I vote.
Totally
Not at all
I go to demonstrations.

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What unique resource would you like to have access to?
A valuable natural resource
Political power
Knowledge
Big new ideas

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How much do you mind if the government has a lot of say in your life?
I want some liberty at least.
I don't mind at all.
I only mind a little. It won't affect me.
I mind a lot! Freedom or death!

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How much do you mind living in a religious community?
I'd rather not.
I guess you can't totally avoid that in cities, can you?
I don't mind if they keep to themselves.
I want to! That sounds awesome!

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How much do mind living on the edge of civilization?
I need to be at least on the edge of the center.
I need to live in the dead center of civilization.
I don't mind so long as it's a strong contrast of major metropolis to wilderness.
I don't mind that at all. Sounds good.

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How much do mind the occasional man-made disaster?
Sounds awful. No thanks.
Nope. I want only the natural kind.
I don't mind that at all. To err is human.
Hey man, sometimes you gotta burn it all down to build it up again.

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How important are crime statistics to you?
Important. I mean, I need a safe, small community.
I need strong law enforcement with carte blanche.
I don't mind a little clever larceny.
I don't mind if there are dagger-men stalking the streets! Bring on the danger!

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How much do you insist that property values only go up?
I like consistency.
I need them to go up! Invest, baby!
Hey, I'm on a budget. Keep them low.
I'm only going to be poor for a little while. They may as well go up!

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How much do want to live in an apartment complex?
Not at all
Yes! Can it be white glove?
No, I want a traditional dwelling.
I don't mind a two-story building, but not a tower, thanks. Townhouse maybe?

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Do you lean toward renting or owning?
Probably renting
Definitely owning
Definitely renting
Probably owning

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How much do you mind living in something of a "second city"?
I'll take fourth or fifth!
I don't do it.
I'm OK with that.
For where I'd live, there is no number two.

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How much do mind a citywide curfew?
If it's important, I'll do it.
If it's about safety, it's fine.
I don't like it.
I'd definitely rebel.

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What kind of local history do you prefer?
I like really old places where we can trace the steps of historical figures.
I like well-documented history, with colorful characters.
I prefer a long and proud local history, with something to boast of.
I like a place with a history that shaped the whole world.

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How important is religious diversity to you?
Not all that important
Not important at all
Fairly important
Massively important!

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What out-of-town activities do you enjoy?
Going to the beach
Hiking
Sightseeing
World travel

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What kind of food do you prefer?
I have a thing for interesting Asian foods.
Italian!
I like the foods of North Africa, but I've got a broad palate.
Give me Middle Eastern food any day of the week.

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How much do you worry about the effects of climate change?
Not at all
A bit
Quite a lot
It's a hoax!

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How important is civic infrastructure to you?
Pretty important
Massively important
Fairly important
Not that important

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How big of a change are you looking to make?
Fairly big
As small as possible
Only a moderate one
As big as possible

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