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The Ancient Mesopotamian City - Marc Van De Mieroop

The Ancient Mesopotamian City

Paperback Published: 1st September 1999
ISBN: 9780198152866
Number Of Pages: 288

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Urban history starts in Mesopotamia: the earliest known cities developed there as a 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.

`offers a starting point to the cities of Mesopotamia for both the lay reader and the undergraduate student.' E.J. Owens, The Classical Review, 2000. `Van de Mieroop's thoroughgoing treatment of the subject can be read to advantage by every kind of ancient historian ... a splendid work of synthesis.' A R George, Bulletin of the SOAS 62:3 1999 `His comparison and contrast of southern versus northern cities and planned versus unplanned cities gives a sense of the complexity, and his intelligent analysis of th e multiple loci fo social power offers insights into the contradictions ... frequent references to archaeological material are well integrated. This book deserves a wide audience.' Anthony Sinclair, Antiquity This work is the survey of a city in Mesopotamian history by an author who has studied Old Babylonian Ur with distinction and it is a welcome addition to our understanding of Mesopotamian society, economics and politics. The book is attractive and well illustrated. - Daniel Snell - Bibliotheca Orientalis LV No 5/6 Sept-Dec 1988

List of Figures
Chronological Chart
Introduction
City and Society in Ancient Mesopotamiap. 1
The Origins and Character of the Mesopotamian Cityp. 23
City and Countryside: The Mesopotamian Viewp. 42
The Urban Landscapep. 63
Social Organizationp. 101
Urban Government: King, Citizens, and Officialsp. 118
Feeding the Citizensp. 142
Crafts and Commercep. 176
Credit and Managementp. 197
Cities as Centres of Religion and Learningp. 215
The Eclipse of the Ancient Mesopotamian Cityp. 229
Conclusions: The Ancient Mesopotamian Cityp. 248
Indexp. 265
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ISBN: 9780198152866
ISBN-10: 0198152868
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st September 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.6 x 13.7  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.34