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Published: 16 July 2020

528 Pages


ISBN: 9780199664733

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The Life and Death of Ancient Cities

A Natural History

Greg Woolf

  • The story of the rise and fall of ancient cities, from the end of Bronze Age to the early Middle Ages
  • A tale of war and politics, pestilence and famine, triumph and tragedy, by turns both fabulous and squalid
  • Begins with the Greek discovery of the ancient urban civilizations of Egypt and the Near East
  • Charts the long slow spread of urbanism to the Atlantic and North Sea in the centuries that followed
  • Asks how ancient cities were first created, how they survived so long, and how they eventually died
  • A fascinating window onto ancient urban worlds so different from our own, dominated by gods, farmers, slaves, and soldiers
  • A salutary reminder to the 21st century reader of the perils as well as the potential rewards of an urban existence