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

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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 ...more
ebook, 504 pages
Published March 21st 2011 by Routledge (first published August 19th 2003)
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Joanna
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wide ranging and easy to follow. This book is an excellent introduction to the archaeology and architecture of ancient cities and prehistoric sites. It begins coverage in the Neolithic and continues into the reign of Constantine the Great, the end of antiquity, and does not spend too much time on any one place or structure. Important sites are emphasized and when detail is lacking the author is sure to mention why. Overall, a great introductory text.
High Wycombe Library
Focussing on city plans and architecture, Ancient Cities looks at the cities of the Ancient Near East, Egypt and the ancient Greek and Roman Worlds.

Ancient Cities is written in such a way as to require no background in archaeology and is packed with beautiful photographs and illustrations. ^GE

If you liked Ancient Cities why not try:
Secrets Of Lost Empires: Reconstructing The Glories Of Ages Past by Michael Barnes
The Story Of Archaeology: An Illustrated History Of 50 Great Discoveries by Justi
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James
Mar 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, skimmed
I'm pretty sure I've read the first edition when it first came out, some of the photos and drawings are familiar. A fun read on the physical aspects of ancient civilizations, some of which I skipped or skimmed, I've read some of this in other works. Fantasy writers can gain insight on the non-cultural aspects of ancient life and you can use some of the maps if you still play old-school RPGs with paper and not computers. People who are not architectural nerds may find it a bit dry.
Alexandra
Another read from my History of Archaeology class. This book is much drier and a lot hard and less enjoyable to read.
Tom Menke
fantastic book to leave around people are drawn to it
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