We think of cities as being part of civilization. Both the words “city” and “civilization” come from the same Latin words cities, meaning a person who shares in both duties and privileges of the community in which he lives. When many different kinds of people learned to work and play together, great cities grew.
The main difference between a city, a town, and a village is size. In most cases, the city is the largest. Nearly all cities were first villages
No one knows just when or where the city was started. It could have started when a wandering tribe of a hunter found a spot they liked well enough to stay in. This happened as long ago as 6000 B.C., and probably even earlier. By 3000 B.C., men were already building and living in quite larger cities.
At a very early time in history, men discovered that food was easier to get if they could capture and tame animals. Then they did not need to hunt them through the forests every time they got hungry.
Men also learned that they could have more fruits and grains if the plants were cared for. In this way, men started agriculture – farming and animal raising.
But people cannot farm and move around all the time. They must stay in the same place long enough to harvest crops. It is also difficult and slow to move at one spot, a village or town began.
There is nothing left of the very first villages since the buildings were made of skins, wood, or mud. By the time men learned to build with long-lasting materials, the community had developed from the simple agricultural village to a town or city.