The Ancient City: New Perspectives on Urbanism in the Old and New World

The Ancient City: New Perspectives on Urbanism in the Old and New World

by Joyce Marcus, Janet DeLaine, Lothar Von Falkenhausen, Mogens Herman Hansen
     
 

ISBN-10: 193469102X

ISBN-13: 9781934691021

Pub. Date: 10/15/2008

Publisher: School for Advanced Research Press

Cities are so common today that we cannot imagine a world without them. More than half of the world's population lives in cities, and that proportion is growing. Yet for most of our history, there were no cities. Why, how, and when did urban life begin? Ancient cities have much to tell us about the social, political, religious, and economic conditions of their

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Cities are so common today that we cannot imagine a world without them. More than half of the world's population lives in cities, and that proportion is growing. Yet for most of our history, there were no cities. Why, how, and when did urban life begin? Ancient cities have much to tell us about the social, political, religious, and economic conditions of their times--and also about our own. Ongoing excavations all over the world are enabling scholars to document intra-city changes through time, city-to-city interaction, and changing relations between cities and their hinterlands. The essays in this volume--presented at a Sackler colloquium of the National Academy of Sciences--reveal that archaeologists now know much more about the founding and functions of ancient cities, their diverse trade networks, their heterogeneous plans and layouts, and their various life spans and trajectories.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934691021
Publisher:
School for Advanced Research Press
Publication date:
10/15/2008
Series:
A School for Advanced Research Resident Scholar Book
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

Preface Joyce Marcus Marcus, Joyce Jeremy A. Sabloff Sabloff, Jeremy A.

Pt. I The City's Past and Future

1 Introduction Joyce Marcus Marcus, Joyce Jeremy A. Sabloff Sabloff, Jeremy A. 3

Pt. II Overviews and Commentary on the Case Studies

2 The City through Time and Space: Transformations of Centrality Colin Renfrew Renfrew, Colin 29

3 Early Cities: Craft Workers, Kings, and Controlling the Supernatural Bruce G. Trigger Trigger, Bruce G. 53

4 Analyzing Cities Mogens Herman Hansen Hansen, Mogens Herman 67

5 Other Perspectives on Urbanism: Beyond the Disciplinary Boundaries Karl W. Butzer Butzer, Karl W. 77

Pt. III Case Studies

6 Between Concept and Reality: Case Studies in the Development of Roman Cities in the Mediterranean Janet DeLaine DeLaine, Janet 95

7 Urban Foundation, Planning, and Sustainability in the Roman Northwestern Provinces Michael J. Jones Jones, Michael J. 117

8 A Tale of Two Cities: Lowland Mesopotamia and Highland Anatolia Elizabeth C. Stone Stone, Elizabeth C. 141

9 Royal Cities and Cult Centers, Administrative Towns, and Workmen's Settlements in Ancient Egypt Kathryn A. Bard Bard, Kathryn A. 165

10 Indus Urbanism: New Perspectives on Its Origin and Character Jonathan Mark Kenoyer Kenoyer, Jonathan Mark 183

11 Stages in the Development of "Cities" in Pre-Imperial China Lothar von Falkenhausen von Falkenhausen, Lothar 209

12 Early African Cities: Their Role in the Shaping of Urban and Rural Interaction Spheres Chapurukha M. Kusimba Kusimba, Chapurukha M. 229

13 Pomp and Circumstance before Belize: Ancient Maya Commerce and the New River Conurbation K. Anne Pyburn Pyburn, K.Anne 247

14 Incidental Urbanism: The Structure of the Prehispanic City in Central Mexico Kenneth G. Hirth Hirth, Kenneth G. 273

15 Links in the Chain of Inka Cities: Communication, Alliance, and the Cultural Production of Status, Value, and Power Craig Morris Morris, Craig 299

Pt. IV Central Themes and Future Directions

16 Cities and Urbanism: Central Themes and Future Directions Joyce Marcus Marcus, Joyce Jeremy A. Sabloff Sabloff, Jeremy A. 323

References 337

Index 395

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