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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934691021
  • Publisher: School for Advanced Research Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 405

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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