I must prepend this by stating that most of these notes were left in my care by the astonishingly erudite Mr. Nathan Weismuller, who has since disappeared from the Bazaar. I have awaited his return for over a month, but since he has not and I have received no communication from him, I must assume he would prefer these notes were made available to other scholars of the Bazaar and of the cities which have preceded London as its home rather than continue to moulder in my secret lockbox.
Without further ado, then, his notes read as follows:
As far as I can ascertain- the Fourth City was Karakorum, which was claimed by the Bazaar approximately five hundred years ago.
The Third is uncertain, although possibly American- the use of obsidian weapons is indicative. It was claimed one thousand years ago. (N.B. — I have since learned that common scholarship now ascribes Hopelchèn, in northern Mexico, as the general location of the Third City. As there are extensive ruins and two large cave complexes in this area, my sense of it is that this is indeed a most likely site for it.)
The dating on both the Fourth and Third Cities is unambiguous and a matter of record. The Second, based on a combination of various pieces of evidence- the aversion of the Masters to both it and Egypt, a comment made by Mr. Eaten that stated the Pharoah’s daughters were most congenial in the Second City, and so on, would imply the Second City to be Alexandria, no later than the fall of the Ptolemaic Kingdom- so, no later than 30 BC, and possibly earlier.
The First City is of uncertain provenance, although I suspect t to be Phoenician due to the cedar imagery. The presence of coins places it absolutely no earlier than 700 BC, when the Lydians invented coinage, and the fact that it was ‘young’ when ‘Babylon fell’, combined with a date after 700 BC, implies that it was taken before the Persian Empire under King Cyrus conquered Babylon in 539 BC. (N.B. — in later conversation I suggested ancient Sarepta as a likely candidate for the First City; though no direct evidence exists that can corroborate or disprove it, it did seem a good possibility to us both.)
I invite your comments of course. I only wish he were here to discuss them, for I miss him greatly.
ETA: As most of you will have noted, our dear Mr. W. has returned indeed! I couldn’t be happier!