Caput Mundi is a Latin phrase taken to mean "capital of the world." (literally: "head of the world, see capital capitol). It originates out of a classical European understanding of the known world: Southern Europe, North Africa, and Southwest Asia. Because of the enduring power of the Roman Republic and Roman Empire, and the Roman Catholic Church, in this sphere, the city of Rome has been known for centuries as Caput Mundi.
In the question of imperial history, there was not a cultural, political, or economic movement of the ancient world which Rome did not have her fingers in.
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The Byzantine Empire lasted for over a thousand years with the center always at Constantinople, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was centered in the capitals of Nicaea, Trebizond, and Arta. The city was seen as the "Capital of the World" because of its prime trading position in the center of the medieval world. Between 330 and 1453, one could see in Constantinople the faces of Ethiopians, Egyptians, Arabs, Franks, Italians, as well as the Chinese and Indians, who were a very rare sight in Europe for the time . The city was also the center of half of the Christian world as the seat of the Patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox church. Thus as the world center for commerce, diplomacy, religion, education, it could well have been said that during the city's heyday, Constantinople indeed the capital of the world.
Though the empire has since passed, London is one of the world's leading business, financial, and cultural centres, and its influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion and the arts all contribute to its status as a major global city.
Unlike Rome, which had direct political control throughout the Republic and later the Empire, New York City is not even the capital of New York State, nor the United States (though it did serve as US capital from 1789 to 1790.) It does, however, boast United Nations Headquarters.
In addition to the UN, many national and international private corporations have headquarters in New York City. The New York Stock Exchange also falls within city limits. The global cultural and economic influence of these entities is massive. In admission, it would be difficult to identify an inhabited area on earth that is not the birthplace of a current New Yorker. For these reasons, the choices of New Yorkers exert a powerful, ongoing influence on people worldwide.
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