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.

  • Damascus: A History book cover

    Damascus

    A History, 2nd Edition

    By Ross Burns

    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…

    Paperback – 2019-01-01 
    Routledge
    Cities of the Ancient World

  • Memphis, Babylon, Cairo: An Archaeology book cover

    Memphis, Babylon, Cairo

    An Archaeology

    By David Jeffreys, Ana Tavares

    This book explores the human past in Egypt’s ‘capital zone’: the nexus of social activity located at the junction of the Nile valley and the Nile delta, the archaeology of which is a template through time for the development of Nile valley civilization as a whole. Instead of a linear narrative, the…

    Hardback – 2018-11-01 
    Routledge
    Cities of the Ancient World

  • Ebla: The City of the Throne: Archaeology and History book cover

    Ebla

    The City of the Throne: Archaeology and History

    By Paolo Matthiae

    Hardback – 2018-10-30 
    Routledge
    Cities of the Ancient World

  • Aleppo: A History book cover

    Aleppo

    A History

    By Ross Burns

    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…

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

  • Palmyra: A History book cover

    Palmyra

    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
    Routledge
    Cities of the Ancient World

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

    Elis

    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
    Routledge
    Cities of the Ancient World

  • Carlisle: A Frontier and Border City book cover

    Carlisle

    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
    Routledge
    Cities of the Ancient World

  • Thebes: A History book cover

    Thebes

    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
    Routledge
    Cities of the Ancient World

  • Gyeongju: The Capital of Golden Silla book cover

    Gyeongju

    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
    Routledge
    Cities of the Ancient World

  • Damascus: A History book cover

    Damascus

    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
    Routledge
    Cities of the Ancient World

  • Miletos: Archaeology and History book cover

    Miletos

    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
    Routledge
    Cities of the Ancient World