Ancient cities and power: the archaeology of urbanism in the Iron Age capitals of northern Mesopotamia

  title={Ancient cities and power: the archaeology of urbanism in the Iron Age capitals of northern Mesopotamia},
  author={James F. Osborne},
  journal={International Journal of Urban Sciences},
  pages={19 - 7}
This paper explores the expression of power in the built environment of ancient cities, using two case studies from the middle Iron Age (early first millennium BCE) ancient Near East: the capital cities of the Syro-Anatolian city-states in southern Turkey and northern Syria, and those of the Neo-Assyrian Empire in northern Iraq. A functional approach to urbanism, which defines cities based on their influence in the surrounding region, leads to the conclusion that although the expression of… Expand
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