Statics and Dynamics: Ancient Mediterranean Urbanism

Nicholas Purcell

in Mediterranean Urbanization 800-600 BC

Published by British Academy

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263259
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734618 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Statics and Dynamics: Ancient Mediterranean Urbanism

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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

Chapter.  10962 words. 

Subjects: History and Theory of Archaeology

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