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Mediterranean urbanization, 800-600 BC /
edited by Robin Osborne & Barry Cunliffe.
imprint
Oxford : Oxford University Press for the British Academy, 2007.
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xiv, 279 p. : ill., maps, plans ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0197263259 (hbk.)
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Oxford : Oxford University Press for the British Academy, 2007.
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0197263259 (hbk.)
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9780197263259
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"Published for the British Academy."
catalogue key
5940340
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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...a timely and important contribution
this volume provides a stimulating discussion of a range of different urbanisation processes, and presents a remarkably coherent set of papers which should go some considerable way to re-establishing the study of urbanisation as an important topic for our understanding of the ancient Mediterranean.
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This collection of essays offers a systematic discussion of the beginnings of urbanization across the Mediterranean, from Cyprus through Greece and Italy to France and Spain. Leading scholars in the field look critically at what is meant by urbanization.
Main Description
Urban life as we know it in the Mediterranean began in the early Iron Age: settlements of great size and internal diversity appear in the archaeological record. This collection of essays offers for the first time a systematic discussion of the beginnings of urbanization across theMediterranean, from Cyprus through Greece and Italy to France and Spain. Leading scholars in the field look critically at what is meant by urbanization, and analyse the social processes that lead to the development of social complexity and the growth of towns. The introduction to the volume focuses on the history of the archaeology of urbanization and argues that proper understanding of the phenomenon demands loose and flexible criteria for what is termed a 'town'. The following eight chapters examine the development of individual settlements and patternsof urban settlement in Cyprus, Greece, Etruria, Latium, southern Italy, Sardinia, southern France and Spain. These chapters not only provide a general review of current knowledge of urban settlements of this period, but also raise significant issues of urbanization and the economy, urbanization andpolitical organization, and of the degree of regionalism and diversity to be found within individual towns. The three analytical chapters which conclude this collection look more broadly at the town as a cultural phenomenon that has to be related to wider cultural trends, as an economic phenomenon that has to be related to changes in the Mediterranean economy and as a dynamic phenomenon, not merely apoint on the map.Wide ranging in its geographical coverage, this volume will be essential reading for scholars and students of archaeology, settlement studies, the archaic period and geographers interested in the history of urban forms.
Main Description
Urban life as we know it in the Mediterranean began in the early Iron Age: settlements of great size and internal diversity appear in the archaeological record. This collection of essays offers for the first time a systematic discussion of the beginnings of urbanization across the Mediterranean, from Cyprus through Greece and Italy to France and Spain. Leading scholars in the field look critically at what is meant by urbanization, and analyze the social processes that lead to the development of social complexity and the growth of towns. The introduction to the volume focuses on the history of the archaeology of urbanization and argues that proper understanding of the phenomenon demands loose and flexible criteria for what is termed a "town." The following eight chapters examine the development of individual settlements and patterns of urban settlement in Cyprus, Greece, Etruria, Latium, southern Italy, Sardinia, southern France and Spain. These chapters not only provide a general review of current knowledge of urban settlements of this period, but also raise significant issues of urbanization and the economy, urbanization and political organization, and of the degree of regionalism and diversity to be found within individual towns. The three analytical chapters which conclude this collection look more broadly at the town as a cultural phenomenon that has to be related to wider cultural trends, as an economic phenomenon that has to be related to changes in the Mediterranean economy and as a dynamic phenomenon, not merely a point on the map. Wide ranging in its geographical coverage, this volume will be essential reading for scholars and students of archaeology, settlement studies, the archaic period and geographers interested in the history of urban forms.
Table of Contents
Robin Osborne: Urban Sprawl: What is Urbanization and Why does it Matter?
Maria Iacovou: The Early Iron Age Urban Forms of Cyprus
Francois de Polignac: Forms and Processes: Some Thoughts on the Meaning of Urbanization in Early Archaiac Greece
Tom Rasmussen: Urbanization in Etruria
Christopher Smith: The Begininngs of Urnaization in Rome
Peter Attema: Early Urbanization Between 800 and 600 BC in the Pontine Region (South Lazion), the Salento Isthmus (Apulia), and the Sibaritide (northern Calabria)
Peter van Dommelen: Urban Foundations? Colonial Settlement and Urbanization in the Western Mediterranean
Domenique Garcia: Urbanization and Spatial Organization in Southern France and North-Eastern Spain during the Iron Age
Maria Eugenia Aubet: Mainake: the Legend and the New Archaeological Evidence
Corinna Riva: The Culture of Urbanization in the Mediterranean C. 800 - 600 BC
Lin Foxhall: Village to City: Staples and Luxuries? Exchange Networks and Urbanization
Nicholas Purcell: Statics and Dynamics: Ancient Mediterranean Urbanism
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