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Cities of the Ancient World

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Cities of the Ancient World examines the history, archaeology and cultural significance of key cities from across the ancient world, spanning northern Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa, Asia and the Near East. Each volume explores the life of a significant place, charting its developments from its earliest history, through the transformations it experienced under different cultures and rulers, through to its later periods. These texts offer academics, students and the interested reader comprehensive and scholarly accounts of the life of each city.

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Ebla Archaeology and History

Ebla: Archaeology and History

1st Edition

By Paolo Matthiae
August 01, 2022

In Ebla , Paolo Matthiae presents the results of 47 years of excavations at this fascinating site, providing a detailed account of Ebla’s history and archaeology. Ebla grew from a small Early Bronze Age settlement into an important trading and political centre, which endured until its final ...

Antioch A History

Antioch: A History

1st Edition

By Andrea U. De Giorgi, A. Asa Eger
May 31, 2021

Winner of ASOR's 2022 G. Ernest Wright Award for the most substantial volume dealing with archaeological material, excavation reports and material culture from the ancient Near East and Eastern Mediterranean.   This is a complete history of Antioch, one of the most significant major ...

Carthage A Biography

Carthage: A Biography

1st Edition

By Dexter Hoyos
December 31, 2020

Carthage tells the life story of the city, both as one of the Mediterranean’s great seafaring powers before 146 BC, and after its refounding in the first century BC. It provides a comprehensive history of the city and its unique culture, and offers students an insight into Rome’s greatest enemy. ...

Thebes A History

Thebes: A History

1st Edition

By Nicholas Rockwell
December 12, 2019

Thebes offers a scholarly survey of the history and archaeology of the city, from 1600 BCE – 476 CE. Discussions of major developments in politics, war, society and culture form the basis of a chronological examination of one of Greece’s most powerful and dynamic cities. By taking a broad view, the...

A History of Siena From its Origins to the Present Day

A History of Siena: From its Origins to the Present Day

1st Edition

By Mario Ascheri, Bradley Franco
September 03, 2019

A History of Siena provides a concise and up-to-date biography of the city, from its ancient and medieval development up to the present day, and makes Siena’s history, culture, and traditions accessible to anyone studying or visiting the city. Well informed by archival research and recent ...

Damascus A History

Damascus: A History

2nd Edition

By Ross Burns
February 04, 2019

Damascus, first published in 2005, was the first account in English of the history of the city, bringing out the crucial role it has played at many points in the region’s past. It traces the story of this colourful, significant and complex city through its physical development, from the its ...

Aleppo A History

Aleppo: A History

1st Edition

By Ross Burns
December 21, 2017

Shortlisted for the 2018 British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize  Aleppo is one of the longest-surviving cities of the ancient and Islamic Middle East. Until recently it enjoyed a thriving urban life—in particular an active traditional suq, with a continuous tradition going back...

Palmyra A History

Palmyra: A History

1st Edition

By Michael Sommer
November 22, 2017

Palmyra: A History examines Palmyra, the city in the Syrian oasis of Tadmur, from its beginnings in the Bronze Age, through the classical period and its discovery and excavation, to the present day. It aims at reconstructing Palmyra’s past from literary accounts – classical and post-classical – as ...

Elis Internal Politics and External Policy in Ancient Greece

Elis: Internal Politics and External Policy in Ancient Greece

1st Edition

By Graeme Bourke
August 03, 2017

Elis examines the city of Elis from its earliest history, through the Archaic period and the Classical period where it reached its zenith, to its decline in the Hellenistic, Roman and later periods. Through examining this prominent city-state, its role in contemporary politics and the place of ...

Carlisle A Frontier and Border City

Carlisle: A Frontier and Border City

1st Edition

By Mike McCarthy
July 24, 2017

Carlisle charts the city's emergence as an urban centre under the Romans and traces its vicissitudes over subsequent centuries until the high Middle Ages. Arguably, the most important theme that differentiates its development from many other towns is its position as a 'border' city. The ...

Gyeongju The Capital of Golden Silla

Gyeongju: The Capital of Golden Silla

1st Edition

By Sarah Milledge Nelson
March 02, 2017

Gyeongju, the capital of the Kingdom of Silla, grew from a loose confederation of villages, called Saro, to become the capital of most of the Korean peninsula. Its relationships with Japan, the Eurasian Steppes, and countries along the Silk Road leading to Europe helped to make the city one of the ...

Miletos Archaeology and History

Miletos: Archaeology and History

1st Edition

By Alan M. Greaves
June 14, 2002

Drawing on case studies and presenting archaeological evidence throughout, Alan Greaves presents a welcome survey of the origins and development of Miletos. Focusing on the archaic era and exploring a wide range of issues including physical environment, colonizations, the economy, and its role as a...

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