The Ancient Mesopotamian City

The Ancient Mesopotamian City

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Urban history starts in Mesopotamia: the earliest known cities developed there as a result of long indigenous processes and, for millennia, the city determined every aspect of Mesopotamian civilization. Marc Van De Mieroop examines urban life in the historical period, investigating urban topography, the role of cities as centres of culture, their political and social structures, economy, literature, and the arts. He draws on material from the entirety of Mesopotamian history, from c. 3000 to 300 BC, and from both Babylonia and Assyria, arguing that the Mesopotamian city can be regarded as a prototype that inspired the rest of the ancient world and shared characteristics with the European cities of antiquity.

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  • Paperback | 286 pages
  • 137.2 x 205.7 x 17.8mm | 340.2g
  • 09 Dec 1999
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 19 figures, 1 map
  • 0198152868
  • 9780198152866
  • 948,392

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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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