Ancient Cities: The Archaeology of Urban Life in the Ancient Near East and Egypt, Greece and Rome

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Psychology Press, 2003 - History - 444 pages
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Ancient Cities surveys the cities of the Ancient Near East, Egypt, and the Greek and Roman worlds from an archaeological perspective, in their cultural and historical contexts. It aims to bring to life the physical world of ancient city dwellers by concentrating on evidence recovered by archaeological excavations from the Mediterranean basin and south-west Asia. Its focus is on the physical appearance of cities - their urban form - and the architecture and geography that created it. 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. Objetcs or artefacts, which represented the essential furnishings for everyday life, are also discussed and include pottery, sculpture, wall paintings, mosaics and coins. Ancient Cities is unusual in presenting such a range of Old World cultures in such comprehensive detail, giving equal weight to the Preclassical and Classical periods and linking these ancient cultures together in a long chain of interconnections. User-friendly features include: Use of clear and accessible language, assuming no previous background knowledge La
 

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Contents

NEAR EASTERN EGYPTIAN AND AEGEAN CITIES
11
EARLY SUMERIAN CITIES
29
MESOPOTAMIAN CITIES IN THE LATE THIRD
52
Hammurabi of Babylon and the Old Babylonian period
61
CITIES OF THE INDUS VALLEY CIVILIZATION
67
EGYPT OF THE PYRAMIDS
78
EGYPTIAN CITIES TEMPLES AND TOMBS
99
The Temple of Amun at Luxor
107
GREEK CITIES AND SANCTUARIES IN THE LATE
259
houses
268
HELLENISTIC CITIES
276
GREEK AND ETRUSCAN CITIES IN ITALY
297
ROME FROM ITS ORIGINS TO THE END OF
317
ROME IN THE AGE OF AUGUSTUS
335
POMPEII AND OSTIA
343
IMPERIAL
358

The Valley of the Kings
115
TROY
140
The end of the Bronze Age in Anatolia
152
CYPRIOTS CANAANITES AND LEVANTINE
154
The shipwrecks at Cape Gelidonya and Uluburun
165
EARLY GREEK CITYSTATES OF THE IRON
193
Cemeteries at Lefkandi and Athens
199
THE DORIC AND IONIC
208
Samos Miletus and
215
DELPHI AND OLYMPIA
227
ATHENS IN THE FIFTH CENTURY BC
241
Temples
367
Civic buildings
373
Royal tombs
379
ROME
398
Churches
406
Further reading
412
Bibliography
418
Illustration sources
430
Index
437
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Charles Gates is senior lecturer of archaeology and art history at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. His research focuses on Minoan, Mycenaean and Greek art and archaeology. Since 1993 he has participated in the excavations at Kinet Hyk (Turkey), a Bronze and Iron Age port city in the north-east Mediterrean.

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