Cities of the Ancient World

Cities of the Ancient Worldexamines 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.

Forthcoming titles:

Antioch: A History by Andrea De Giorgi and Asa Eger

Carthage by Dexter Hoyos

The History of Siena by Bradley Franco and Mario Ascheri

Salamis: A Biography by Giorgios Papantoniou

Dura-Europos by Lisa R. Brody

Cadiz by Benedict Lowe

Paphos: A History by Scott Moore

Miletos, 2nd edition, by Alan Greaves

Jaffa: The History of an Eastern Mediterranean Port by Aaron Burke and Katherine Burke

Memphis, Babylon, and Cairo by David Jeffreys and Ana Tavares

  • Aleppo: A History book cover


    A History

    By Ross Burns

    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 centuries. Its tangle of streets still follow the Hellenistic grid and…

    Paperback – 2017-12-19
    Cities of the Ancient World

  • Palmyra: A History book cover


    A History

    By Michael Sommer

    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…

    Hardback – 2017-12-04
    Cities of the Ancient World

  • Elis: Internal Politics and External Policy in Ancient Greece book cover


    Internal Politics and External Policy in Ancient Greece

    By Graeme Bourke

    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…

    Hardback – 2017-07-27
    Cities of the Ancient World

  • Carlisle: A Frontier and Border City book cover


    A Frontier and Border City

    By Mike McCarthy

    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…

    Hardback – 2017-07-24
    Cities of the Ancient World

  • Thebes: A History book cover


    A History

    By Nicholas Rockwell

    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…

    Hardback – 2017-05-23
    Cities of the Ancient World

  • Gyeongju: The Capital of Golden Silla book cover


    The Capital of Golden Silla

    By Sarah Milledge Nelson

    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…

    Hardback – 2017-03-01
    Cities of the Ancient World

  • Damascus: A History book cover


    A History

    By Ross Burns

    This is the first book in English to relate the history of Damascus, bringing out the crucial role the city has played at many points in the region's past. Damascus traces the history of this colourful, significant and complex city through its physical development, from the city's emergence in…

    Paperback – 2007-02-15
    Cities of the Ancient World

  • Miletos: Archaeology and History book cover


    Archaeology and History

    By Alan M. Greaves

    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…

    Hardback – 2002-04-25
    Cities of the Ancient World