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Author Gates, Charles, 1950-

Title Ancient cities : the archaeology of urban life in the ancient Near East and Egypt, Greece, and Rome / Charles Gates ; illustrations by Neslihan Yılmaz.

Publication Info. Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2011.


Location Call No. Status
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  930 G259A    Check Shelf
Edition Second edition.
Description xxiii, 474 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Contents Neolithic towns and villages in the Near East -- Early Sumerian cities -- Mesopotamian cities in the late third and second millennia BC -- Cities of the Indus Valley civilization -- Egypt of the pyramids -- Egyptian cities, temples, and tombs of the second millennium BC -- Aegean Bronze Age towns and cities -- Anatolian Bronze age cities: Troy and Hattusa -- Cypriots, Canaanites, and Levantine trading cities of the late Bronze Age -- Near eastern cities in the Iron Age -- Phoenician and punic cities -- Early Greek city-states of the Iron Age (eleventh to seventh centuries BC) -- Archaic Greek Cities, I: the Doric and Ionic orders of Greek architecture, and East Greek cities to the Ionian revolt -- Archaic Greek cities, II: Sparta and Athens -- Greek sanctuaries: Delphi and Olympia -- Athens in the fifth century BC -- Greek cities and sanctuaries in the late classical period -- Hellenistic cities -- Greek and Etruscan cities in Italy -- Rome from its origins to the end of the republic -- Rome in the age of Augustus -- Italy outside the Capital: Pompeii and Ostia -- Rome from Nero to Hadrian: imperial patronage and architectural revolution -- Roman provincial cities -- Late antique transformations: Rome, Jerusalem, and Constantinople in the Age of Constantine.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [434]-440) and index.
Summary Ancient Cities surveys the cities of the Ancient Near East, Egypt, and the Greek and Roman worlds from the perspectives of archaeology and architectural history, bringing to life the physical world of ancient city dwellers by concentrating on evidence recovered from archaeological excavations. Urban form is the focus: the physical appearance and overall plans of the cities, their architecture and natural topography, and the cultural and historical contexts in which they flourished. Attention is also paid to non-urban features such as religious sanctuaries and burial grounds, places and institutions that were a familiar part of the city dweller's experience. Objects or artifacts that represented the essential furnishings of everyday life are discussed, such as pottery, sculpture, wall paintings, mosaics and coins. Ancient Cities is unusual in presenting this wide range of Old World cultures in such comprehensive detail, giving equal weight to the Preclassical and Classical periods, and in showing the links between these ancient cultures.
Subject Cities and towns, Ancient.
Urban archaeology -- Middle East.
Urban archaeology -- Egypt.
Urban archaeology -- Mediterranean Region.
Middle East -- Antiquities.
Egypt -- Antiquities.
Mediterranean Region -- Antiquities.
Added Author Yılmaz, Neslihan.
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