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Mediterranean Urbanization 800-600 BC$
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Robin Osborne and Barry Cunliffe

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263259

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263259.001.0001

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Statics and Dynamics: Ancient Mediterranean Urbanism

Statics and Dynamics: Ancient Mediterranean Urbanism

(p.249) 12 Statics and Dynamics: Ancient Mediterranean Urbanism
Mediterranean Urbanization 800-600 BC

Nicholas Purcell

British Academy

This chapter examines the dynamics and statics of urbanism in ancient Mediterranean. It suggests that it is in the world of dynamics that much of the distinctiveness of Mediterranean urbanism in the first half of the first millennium is to be found. The chapter also argues that it is the social, economic, and political institutions of the unstable clustered communities of the region that made the urbanism of this period distinctive.

Keywords:   urbanism, ancient Mediterranean, dynamics, clustered communities, unstable communities

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