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Mediterranean Urbanization 800-600 BC

Robin Osborne and Barry Cunliffe

Abstract

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 a systematic discussion of the beginnings of urbanization across the Mediterranean, from Cyprus, through Greece and Italy, to France and Spain. 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 book focuses on the history of the archaeology of urbaniza ... More

Keywords: urban life, urban settlements, Mediterranean, Iron Age, social complexity, towns, Cyprus, Greece, Etruria, Latium

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780197263259
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263259.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robin Osborne, editor
Professor of Ancient History, University of Cambridge

Barry Cunliffe, editor
Professor of European History, University of Oxford; Fellow of the British Academy