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. - ;Urban history starts in ancient Mesopotamia: the earliest known cities developed there as the 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. -It is something of a truism to state that the centres of culture in Mesopotamia were the cities, since I started this book by saying ... But other aspects of the natural environment such as rivers, the lifelines of the region, could easily have become anbsp;...


Title:The Ancient Mesopotamian City
Author: Marc Van De Mieroop
Publisher:Clarendon Press - 1997-11-13
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