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Cities that shaped the ancient world

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Today we take living in cities, with all their attractions and annoyances, for granted. But when did humans first come together to live in large groups, creating an urban landscape? What were these places like to inhabit? More than simply a history of ancient cities, this volume also reveals the art and architecture created by our ancestors, and provides a fascinating exploration of the origins of urbanism, politics, culture, and human interaction. Arranged geographically into five sections, Cities That Shaped the Ancient World takes a global view, beginning in the Near East with the earliest cities such as Ur and Babylon, Troy and Jerusalem. In Africa, the great cities of Ancient Egypt arose, such as Thebes and Amarna. Glorious European metropolises, including Athens and Rome, ringed the Mediterranean, but also stretched to Trier on the turbulent frontier of the Roman Empire. Asia had bustling commercial centers such as Mohenjodaro and Xianyang, while in the Americas the Mesoamerican and Peruvian cultures stamped their presence on the landscape, creating massive structures and extensive urban settlements in the deep jungles and high mountain ranges, including Caral and Teotihuacan. A team of expert historians and archaeologists with firsthand knowledge and deep appreciation of each site gives voices to these silent ruins, bringing them to life as the bustling state-of-the-art metropolises they once were.

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Lyons Public Library 930.1 NOR (Text)
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24500. ‡aCities that shaped the ancient world / ‡cedited by John Julius Norwich.
264 1. ‡aNew York : ‡bThames & Hudson Inc., ‡c2014
300 . ‡a240 pages : ‡billustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; ‡c26 cm.
336 . ‡atext ‡btxt ‡2rdacontent
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500 . ‡a"151 illustrations, 147 in color."
504 . ‡aIncludes bibliographical references (pages 231-235) and index.
5050 . ‡aIntroduction: the birth of urban life -- The Near East. Uruk -- Ur -- Hattusa -- Troy -- Babylon -- Nineveh -- Persepolis -- Pergamum -- Jerusalem -- Petra -- Ephesus -- Palmyra -- Africa. Memphis -- Thebes -- Amarna -- Carthage -- Alexandria -- Meroë -- Leptis Magna -- Aksum -- Europe. Knossos -- Mycenae -- Athens -- Akragas -- Paestum -- Rome -- Pompeii -- Nîmes and The Pont du Gard -- Trier -- Asia. Mohenjo-Daro -- Inzi -- Xianyang -- Pataliputra -- Anuradhapura -- The Americas. Caral -- La Venta -- Monte Albán -- Teotihuacan -- Tikal -- Palenque.
520 . ‡aToday we take living in cities, with all their attractions and annoyances, for granted. But when did humans first come together to live in large groups, creating an urban landscape? What were these places like to inhabit? More than simply a history of ancient cities, this volume also reveals the art and architecture created by our ancestors, and provides a fascinating exploration of the origins of urbanism, politics, culture, and human interaction. Arranged geographically into five sections, Cities That Shaped the Ancient World takes a global view, beginning in the Near East with the earliest cities such as Ur and Babylon, Troy and Jerusalem. In Africa, the great cities of Ancient Egypt arose, such as Thebes and Amarna. Glorious European metropolises, including Athens and Rome, ringed the Mediterranean, but also stretched to Trier on the turbulent frontier of the Roman Empire. Asia had bustling commercial centers such as Mohenjodaro and Xianyang, while in the Americas the Mesoamerican and Peruvian cultures stamped their presence on the landscape, creating massive structures and extensive urban settlements in the deep jungles and high mountain ranges, including Caral and Teotihuacan. A team of expert historians and archaeologists with firsthand knowledge and deep appreciation of each site gives voices to these silent ruins, bringing them to life as the bustling state-of-the-art metropolises they once were.
650 0. ‡aCities and towns, Ancient.
650 0. ‡aCivilization, Ancient.
7001 . ‡aNorwich, John Julius, ‡d1929- ‡eeditor.
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