The Arrangement of Buildings in the Quarters of a Sogdian City


in After Alexander: Central Asia before Islam

Published by British Academy

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263846
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734113 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Arrangement of Buildings in the Quarters of a Sogdian City

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This chapter examines the pattern of arrangement of the buildings in ancient Sogdian towns. Recent archaeological excavations that identified the territorial units Paikend has made it possible to determine that early medieval towns in Sogdiana were not laid out like Greek cities or fortified Roman camps, but had a plan of separate quarters. The findings reveal that the streets in the towns served the purpose of linking different parts of the town and at the same time dividing it into separate quarters.

Keywords: Sogdian towns; buildings; Paikend; medieval towns; quarters; streets

Chapter.  3066 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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