The Ancient Mesopotamian City

Paperback | June 1, 1999

byMarc Van De Mieroop

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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 urbantopography, 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 beregarded as a prototype that inspired the rest of the ancient world and shared characteristics with the European cities of antiquity.

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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 urbantopography, the role of cities as centres of cult...

Marc Van De Mieroop is at Columbia University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:286 pages, 8.43 × 5.43 × 0.63 inPublished:June 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198152868

ISBN - 13:9780198152866

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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