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The Fabric of Cities: Aspects of Urbanism, Urban Topography and Society in Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome
May, Natalie N. and Ulrike Steinert, editors

Leiden: Brill, 2013 pp. viii + 260. $141.00

Series Information
Culture and History of the Ancient Near East, 68


Description: This book presents an interdisciplinary collection of articles on urbanism in ancient Mesopotamia, Israel, Greece and Rome, which focuses on the social dimension of cities' topographical features. The contributions of this book offer investigations of neighbourhoods, city gates, streets, temples and palaces drawing on textual and archaeological sources as well as art. The topics treated in this work encompass the diverse functions of public and marginal spaces in Mesopotamian cities and Rome, the role of agency in the development of Babylonian neighbourhoods, the relationship between public and private in Assyrian palaces, the connection between political strategies and temple building in Sumerian literary texts, and the communicative uses of language in Classical Greek texts to talk about urban space.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Ancient Near East, Greco-Roman Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Social-Scientific Approaches

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Review by Marc Van De Mieroop
Published 3/9/2016
Citation: Marc Van De Mieroop, review of Natalie N. May and Ulrike Steinert, eds., The Fabric of Cities: Aspects of Urbanism, Urban Topography and Society in Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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