Cities That Shaped the Ancient World

Cities That Shaped the Ancient World

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Publisher's Synopsis

John Julius Norwich presents a sweeping tour of forty great cities that shaped the ancient world and its civilizations - and which in turn have shaped our own.

The cities of the ancient world built the foundations for modern urban life, their innovations in architecture and politics essential to cities as we know them today. But what was it like to live in Babylon, Carthage or Teotihuacan?

From the first cities in Mesopotamia to the spectacular urban monuments of the Maya in Central America, the cities explored here represent almost three millennia of human history. Not only do they illustrate the highest achievement of the cultures that built them, but they also help us understand the rise and fall of these ancient peoples. Eminent historians and archaeologists with first-hand knowledge of each site give voices to these silent ruins, bringing them to life as the teeming, state-of-the-art metropolises they once were.

Book information

ISBN: 9780500293409
Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd
Imprint: Thames and Hudson
Pub date:
Edition: Compact paperback edition
DEWEY: 307.76093
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 239 , 16 unnumbered of plates
Weight: 244g
Height: 197mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 39mm