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The Ancient City By Arjan Zuiderhoek (Universiteit Gent, Belgium)

The Ancient City by Arjan Zuiderhoek (Universiteit Gent, Belgium)

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Summary

This book provides an accessible survey of scholarly debates on Greek and Roman cities, as well as a sketch of the cities' chief characteristics. It is aimed primarily at students of ancient history and general readers, but also at scholars working on urbanism in other periods and places.

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The Ancient City Summary

The Ancient City by Arjan Zuiderhoek (Universiteit Gent, Belgium)

Greece and Rome were quintessentially urban societies. Ancient culture, politics and society arose and developed in the context of the polis and the civitas. In modern scholarship, the ancient city has been the subject of intense debates due to the strong association in Western thought between urbanism, capitalism and modernity. In this book, Arjan Zuiderhoek provides a survey of the main issues at stake in these debates, as well as a sketch of the chief characteristics of Greek and Roman cities. He argues that the ancient Greco-Roman city was indeed a highly specific form of urbanism, but that this does not imply that the ancient city was somehow 'superior' or 'inferior' to forms of urbanism in other societies, just (interestingly) different. The book is aimed primarily at students of ancient history and general readers, but also at scholars working on urbanism in other periods and places.

The Ancient City Reviews

'This book is a thoughtful study of cities in the ancient world, arguing that the similarities between the Greek and Roman models far outweighed the differences.' Rupert Jackson, Classics for All
'... this compact scholarly book will be useful to scholars of urbanism across many disciplines.' CHOICE

About Arjan Zuiderhoek (Universiteit Gent, Belgium)

Arjan Zuiderhoek is Associate Professor of Ancient History at the Department of History, Ghent University. He is author of The Politics of Munificence in the Roman Empire: Citizens, Elites and Benefactors in Asia Minor (Cambridge, 2009) and editor, with Paul Erdkamp and Koenraad Verboven, of Ownership and Exploitation of Land and Natural Resources in the Roman World (2015).

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: the ancient city as concept and reality; 2. Origins, development and spread of cities in the ancient world; 3. City and country; 4. Urban landscape and environment; 5. Politics and political institutions; 6. Civic ritual and civic identity; 7. Urban society: stratification and mobility; 8. The urban economy; 9. City-states and cities and states; 10. The end of the ancient city?

Additional information

NLS9780521166010
9780521166010
0521166012
The Ancient City by Arjan Zuiderhoek (Universiteit Gent, Belgium)
New
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2016-10-31
236
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