• Jeffrey A. Becker deposited Ancient cities on Humanities Commons 1 year, 3 months ago

    This course is an introductory survey of the urban centers of the ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian,
    and Mediterranean worlds. In this course students will explore the development of urbanism in
    these areas by studying the archaeological remains from the cities of ancient Mesopotamia,
    Egypt, Greece, and Rome, from the Neolithic period until the foundation of Constantinople in
    the fourth century A.D. The course will focus on comparing the characteristics of urbanism and
    the archaeological evidence for urbanization in different cultures. Upon successful completion of
    the course, students will be able both to define what constitutes a “city” in each of the cultural
    contexts that we have studied and to identify the unique traits that each of the cultures studied
    brings to the urban equation.