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Cities and Towns of the Ancient World

Classics 2361 - Spring 2020

This course is an introduction to ancient urbanism in the Mediterranean region, the Near East, and the Indus Valley. The chronological span is wide, ranging from the Neolithic era to the Late Roman/Early Byzantine period. The archaeological evidence of some of the earliest known cities will be presented and discussed, with the aim of understanding the formation process of urban centers and how these shaped and influenced their socio-political, economic, and cultural life. Broad issues that will be considered in class concern the origin of urban life and its different manifestations; the relationship between natural landscape and built environment and how the former affected the development of the latter; ways in which ancient civilizations constructed and used space in order to shape social relations. The course will also highlight the available evidence of monuments and artworks in context, as integral parts of the urban landscape of ancient cities and towns. Prerequisites: none
Course Attributes: FA AHEN HBU HumAS HUMAS LCDFA HUMAR HUM

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Cities and Towns of the Ancient World
INSTRUCTOR: Aravecchia
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