Ancient Cities

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

Author: Charles Gates

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113467662X

Category: History

Page: 464

View: 1788

Well illustrated with nearly 300 line drawings, maps and photographs, Ancient Cities surveys the cities of the ancient Near East, Egypt, and the Greek and Roman worlds from an archaeological perspective, and in their cultural and historical contexts. Covering a huge area geographically and chronologically, it brings to life the physical world of ancient city dwellers by concentrating on evidence recovered by archaeological excavations from the Mediterranean basin and south-west Asia Examining both pre-Classical and Classical periods, this is an excellent introductory textbook for students of classical studies and archaeology alike.

Ancient Cities

Author: Louise Park

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 1477701559

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 6649

Ancient cities came to life over 5,000 years ago. Readers will journey to the civilizations that set the base of history, exploring why they formed and how they functioned. Fascinating facts and vivid illustrations make this a page-turner for any young reader.

Making Ancient Cities

Space and Place in Early Urban Societies

Author: Andrew T. Creekmore, III,Kevin D. Fisher

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107046521

Category: Architecture

Page: 446

View: 8489

This volume investigates how the structure and use of space developed and changed in cities, and examines the role of different societal groups in shaping urbanism. Culturally and chronologically diverse case studies provide a basis to examine recent theoretical and methodological shifts in the archaeology of ancient cities. The book's primary goal is to examine how ancient cities were made by the people who lived in them. The authors argue that there is a mutually constituting relationship between urban form and the actions and interactions of a plurality of individuals, groups, and institutions, each with their own motivations and identities. Space is therefore socially produced as these agents operate in multiple spheres.

Ancient Cities, Sacred Skies

Cosmic Geometries and City Planning in Ancient India

Author: John McKim Malville,Lalit M. Gujral

Publisher: N.A


Category: Astronomie - Inde

Page: 138

View: 3160


The Maya Tropical Forest

People, Parks, and Ancient Cities

Author: James D. Nations

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292778775

Category: Nature

Page: 368

View: 4606

The Maya Tropical Forest, which occupies the lowlands of southern Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize, is the closest rainforest to the United States and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Western Hemisphere. It has been home to the Maya peoples for nearly four millennia, starting around 1800 BC. Ancient cities in the rainforest such as Palenque, Yaxchilan, Tikal, and Caracol draw thousands of tourists and scholars seeking to learn more about the prehistoric Maya. Their contemporary descendants, the modern Maya, utilize the forest's natural resources in village life and international trade, while striving to protect their homeland from deforestation and environmental degradation. Writing for both visitors and conservationists, James Nations tells the fascinating story of how ancient and modern Maya peoples have used and guarded the rich natural resources of the Maya Tropical Forest. He opens with a natural history that profiles the forest's significant animals and plants. Nations then describes the Maya peoples, biological preserves, and major archaeological sites in Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. Drawing on more than twenty-five years of conservation work in the Maya Tropical Forest, Nations tells first-hand stories of the creation of national parks and other protected areas to safeguard the region's natural resources and archaeological heritage. He concludes with an expert assessment of the forest's future in which he calls for expanded archaeological tourism to create an ecologically sustainable economic base for the region.

Death and Disease in the Ancient City

Author: Valerie M. Hope,Eireann Marshall

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134611560

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 4971

First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Mesoamerica's Ancient Cities

Aerial Views of Pre-Columbian Ruins in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras

Author: William M. Ferguson,Richard E. W. Adams

Publisher: UNM Press

ISBN: 9780826328007

Category: Social Science

Page: 260

View: 1621

William Ferguson's classic photographic portrayal of the major pre-Columbian ruins of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras is now available from UNM Press in a completely revised edition. Magnificent aerial and ground photographs give both armchair and actual visitors unparalleled views of fifty-one ancient cities. The restored areas of each site and their interesting and exotic features are shown within each group of ruins. The authors have thoroughly revised the text for this new edition, and they have added over 30 new photographs and illustrations as well as a completely new chapter by Richard E. W. Adams on regional states and empires in ancient Mesoamerica. Over a span of three thousand years between 1500 B.C. and A.D. 1500 great civilizations, including the Olmec, Teotihuacan, Maya, Toltec, Zapotec, and Aztec, flourished, waned, and died in Mesoamerica. These indigenous cultures of Mexico and Central America are brought to life in Mesoamerica's Ancient Cities through stunning color photographs. The authors include the most recent research and most widely accepted theoretical perspectives on Mesoamerican civilizations. Ideal for the general reader as well as scholars of Mesoamerica, this volume makes a significant contribution to our knowledge of the Americas.

The Ancient Cities of the New World

Being Travels and Explorations in Mexico and Central America from 1857-1882

Author: Désiré Charnay

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108061338

Category: History

Page: 552

View: 6415

Translated into English in 1887, this survey of the ancient cities of Mexico and Central America remains valuable to modern archaeologists.

Ruins of Ancient Cities

Author: Charles BUCKE

Publisher: N.A


Category: Cities and towns, Ancient

Page: N.A

View: 1459


Ancient Cities

Author: Judith Crosher

Publisher: Rourke Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780865929104

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 45

View: 840

An introduction to some ancient cities of the Middle East, such as Ur, Mohenjo-Daro, and ðCatal Hèuyèuk, describing life as it must have been.

The Ancient City

Author: Arjan Zuiderhoek

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521198356

Category: History

Page: 200

View: 3185

Provides a survey of modern debates on Greek and Roman cities, and a sketch of the cities' chief characteristics.

Imagining Ancient Cities in Film

From Babylon to Cinecittà

Author: Marta Garcia Morcillo,Pauline Hanesworth,Óscar Lapeña Marchena

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135013160

Category: History

Page: 338

View: 2016

In film imagery, urban spaces show up not only as spatial settings of a story, but also as projected ideas and forms that aim to recreate and capture the spirit of cultures, societies and epochs. Some cinematic cities have even managed to transcend fiction to become part of modern collective memory. Can we imagine a futuristic city not inspired at least remotely by Fritz Lang’s Metropolis? In the same way, ancient Babylon, Troy and Rome can hardly be shaped in popular imagination without conscious or subconscious references to the striking visions of Griffiths’ Intolerance, Petersen’s Troy and Scott’s Gladiator, to mention only a few influential examples. Imagining Ancient Cities in Film explores for the first time in scholarship film representations of cities of the Ancient World from early cinema to the 21st century. The volume analyzes the different choices made by filmmakers, art designers and screen writers to recreate ancient urban spaces as more or less convincing settings of mythical and historical events. In looking behind and beyond intended archaeological accuracy, symbolic fantasy, primitivism, exoticism and Hollywood-esque monumentality, this volume pays particular attention to the depiction of cities as faces of ancient civilizations, but also as containers of moral ideas and cultural fashions deeply rooted in the contemporary zeitgeist and in continuously revisited traditions.

Ruins of Ancient Cities, 2

With General and Particular Accounts of Their Rise, Fall and Present Condition

Author: Charles Bucke

Publisher: N.A



Page: 499

View: 4681


Sodom Five Ancient Cities

Author: Paul Justice

Publisher: Paul Justice

ISBN: 1907211942


Page: 388

View: 5886

In this retelling of a classic tale, Abram and his followers escape the land of Ur, ruled by the followers of the moon god Sin. Their journey to a new land is fraught with tragedy and conflict as disillusionment overcomes the band. Tempers flare and Abram's nephew Lot departs for the paradise of the Valley of Siddim, sparkling with five bustling Canaanite cities-among them the infamous Sodom. Abram, however, remains in the mountains under the protection of his god Yahweh. Lot strikes an unholy deal with Sodom's King Bera, and only Abram's help can save him.

Ancient Cities

From the Dawn to the Daylight (Classic Reprint)

Author: William Burnet Wright

Publisher: Forgotten Books

ISBN: 9781334456305

Category: History

Page: 312

View: 4400

Excerpt from Ancient Cities: From the Dawn to the Daylight Where my authorities are at variance, the brevity of my sketches has compelled me simply to adopt the conclusions which seem to me correct, without pausing to dis cuss or even to repeat the views of those who hold different opinions. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

Cyprus: Its Ancient Cities, Tombs, and Temples

Author: Luigi Palma di Cesnola

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108078613

Category: History

Page: 498

View: 7436

This 1877 work sketches Cypriot history and customs as well as describing discoveries made by a controversial Italian-American amateur archaeologist.

The Social Construction of Ancient Cities

Author: Monica L. Smith

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution

ISBN: 1588343448

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 5632

What made ancient cities successful? What are the similarities between modern cities and ancient ones? The Social Construction of Ancient Cities offers a fresh perspective on ancient cities and the social networks and relations that built and sustained them, marking a dramatic change in the way archaeologists approach them. Examining ancient cities from a “bottom up” perspective, the authors in this volume explore the ways in which cities were actually created by ordinary inhabitants. They track the development of urban space from the point of view of individuals and households, providing new insights into cities' roles as social centers as well as focal points of political and economic activities. Analyzing various urban communities from residences and neighborhoods to marketplaces and ceremonial plazas, the authors examine urban centers in Africa, Mesoamerica, South America, Mesopotamia, the Indian subcontinent, and China. Collectively they demonstrate how complex networks of social relations and structures gave rise to the formation of ancient cities, contributed to their cohesion, and sustained their growth, much as they do in modern urban centers. The authors' analyses draw from ancient texts as well as archaeological surveys and excavations of urban architecture and other material remains, including portable objects for daily use and comestibles. They show clearly how early urban dwellers consciously developed dense interdependent social networks to satisfy their needs for food, housing, and employment, forged their own urban identities, and generally managed to thrive in the crowded, bustling, and competitive environment that characterized ancient cities. Not least of all, they suggest how urban leaders and urban dwellers negotiated a consensus that enabled them to achieve both mundane and extraordinary goals, in the process establishing their unique ritual, legal, and social status.