Map of the ancient middle east with cities. Many of todays countries of the. The ancient mitannis at their peak power maintained outposts that circled their capital city of washukanni. Many of the ancient people of the middle east who were mentioned in the bible are not extinct. Read the latest middle east travel news and middle eastern holiday information including best middle east destinations.
Their old national names have been replaced with different names. The original ancestors of the tribes of israel are 12 of the sons and grandsons of the jewish forefather jacob. Mesopotamia modern iraq southeast turkey southwest iran northeastern syria and kuwait ancient egypt ancient iran elam media parthia and persia anatoliaasia minor and armenian highlands turkeys eastern. In a matter of time the empire was greatly weakened first by the hittites then later the assyrians.
Parts of africa primarily egypt and sudan are sometimes considered part of the middle east as well. Petra is an ancient city that lies in present day jordan and dates back to the fourth century bc. Ruins of the once great metropolis and trading center now. Centres of civilisation from ancient times morocco and the middle east are full of rich history and mystique.
At the crossroads of the civilised world you can find ancient sandblasted ruins intricate architecture and amazing natural landscapes peopled by resilient and friendly locals. Home to the cradle of civilization the middle east usually interchangeable with the near east has seen many of the worlds oldest cultures and civilizations.