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The City in Roman Palestine - Daniel Sperber

The City in Roman Palestine

Hardcover Published: 29th November 1996
ISBN: 9780195098822
Number Of Pages: 212

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This book is a study of the city and urban life in Roman Palestine during the Talmudic period, 100-400 B.C. Rather than focus on a specific city, Daniel Sperber synthesizes what is known about city life in Talmudic Palestine to create a paradigmatic hypothetical Palestinian city. Drawing on numerous literary records for his information, he describes the structure and use of many physical aspects of the city, such as its markets, pubs, streets, bathhouses, roads, walls, toilets, and water supply. Rounding out the study is a chapter describing the archeological evidence, written by Sperber's colleague, Professor Joshua Schwartz. With the recent upsurge of interest in urbanization in the Greco-Roman world, The City in Roman Palestine will attract not only scholars of Judaic literature and history, but also classicists and ancient historians.

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"The volume is massively researched and full of invaluable information. Highly recommended for basic research collections in ancient history."--Religious Studies Review "This is a detailed and highly useful study for scholars of the Roman Empire and Roman Palestine."--Choice "[T]he book can be read either as an entertaining introduction to life in the Greco-Roman city, or as a quarry for the rich material assembled in the text and abundant footnotes."--The Jewish Quarterly Review "The volume is massively researched and full of invaluable information. Highly recommended for basic research collections in ancient history."--Religious Studies Review "This is a detailed and highly useful study for scholars of the Roman Empire and Roman Palestine."--Choice "A welcome...addition to the growing literature on the city in Greco-Roman antiquity...The author brings the hypothetical city to life, with detailed descriptions of ancient urban institutions, structures and activities, supplemented by maps, photographs and groundplans... His judicious use of quotations from Talmudic and other ancient sources adds a liveliness and vividness to the narrative that is often missing in books on urban history." Canadian Journal of Urban Research "[T]he book can be read either as an entertaining introduction to life in the Greco-Roman city, or as a quarry for the rich material assembled in the text and abundant footnotes."--The Jewish Quarterly Review

Acknowledgmentsp. vi
Abbreviationsp. vii
Introductionp. 3
The Market: Physical Aspectsp. 9
Administration and Organization of the Marketp. 26
Market Controlp. 32
Pubs, Drunkards, and Licensing Lawsp. 48
On the Bathhousep. 58
Public Buildingsp. 73
Roads and Backstreetsp. 103
City Wallsp. 117
Water Supply, Sewage, and Drainagep. 128
Archeology and the Cityp. 149
Unidentified "Public" Buildingsp. 188
Urban Synagoguesp. 190
Indexp. 195
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ISBN: 9780195098822
ISBN-10: 019509882X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 29th November 1996
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.33 x 16.36  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.51

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