The Ancient Mesopotamian City

The Ancient Mesopotamian City

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Urban history starts in ancient Mesopotamia. In this volume, Marc Van de Mieroop examines the evolution of the very earliest cities which, for millennia, inspired the rest of the ancient world. The city determined every aspect of Mesopotamian civilization, and the political and social structure, economy, literature, and arts of Mesopotamian culture cannot be understood without acknowledging their urban background.

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  • Hardback | 284 pages
  • 137.16 x 218.44 x 20.32mm | 521.63g
  • 12 Feb 1998
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford
  • English
  • 18 figures
  • 0198150628
  • 9780198150626

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Mesopotamia was the birthplace of urban history: the earliest-known cities developed there, the product of millennia of anthropological processes. They controlled almost every aspect of life as centres of cultural, artistic, political, social and economic activity. Drawing on material from both Babylonia and Assyria, he demonstrates that these ancient cities were prototypes for the modern urban experience. (Kirkus UK)

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