Early Mesopotamian Urbanism in Comparative Perspective

in Ancient Mesopotamia at the Dawn of Civilization

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780226013770
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226013787 | DOI:
Early Mesopotamian Urbanism in Comparative Perspective

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This chapter presents a comparative review of urban phenomena across Greater Mesopotamia in the fourth millennium. It contrasts existing data for protourban settlements in the rolling plains of Upper Mesopotamia against comparable evidence from the Mesopotamian alluvium—the two areas of southwest Asia that were further along the developmental path to urbanism at the time. Both areas developed more or less in tandem during the first half of the fourth millennium; however, by the second half of the millennium southern polities had far outstripped their northern competitors in scale and complexity.

Keywords: urban development; urban settlements; Upper Mesopotamia; urbanism

Chapter.  7550 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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