We live in a world of cities - for the first time ever, the majority of the population lives in an urban environment - and reflecting on ancient models of the "city" as a human phenomenon offers important lessons for our culture today.
Cities of the Ancient World is your opportunity to survey the breadth of the ancient world through the context of its urban development. Taught by esteemed Professor Steven L. Tuck, of Miami University, these 24 eye-opening lectures not only provide an invaluable look at the design and architecture of ancient cities, they also offer a flesh-and-blood glimpse into the daily lives of ordinary people and the worlds they created.
Cities of the Ancient World gives you insight into cities large and small, famous and obscure. Ultimately, however, this is a course about people, not just buildings. Studying these cities will give you a new appreciation for the remarkable cultures of the ancient world, from the ruins of Uruk to the Golden Age of Athens, and spur you to reflect on what makes a city survive. More than anything else, Cities of the Ancient World is a course about human beings - what life was like in these cities and how people lived.
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I found it interesting how he took each city and built upon them a ground work of how people have progressed.
City life is one of those rare areas in history that most historians overlook (at least in context with writing books for the laymen people) so it was a nice change.
This book is based on cities and that's the key here. Don't expect a detailed history of any one culture. He covers a city in one lecture so, by their nature, he won't cover all there is to know or is known.
I hoped for more of an overview of the great cities of the ancient world and how they influenced the present. This book was more a guide of how archeologists reason about what the artifacts found at ancient sites imply about those ancient societies. Many important ancient events and peoples were not discussed. The author was clearly very knowledgable, but this wasn't the subject I was hoping to learn about.
Expertise and a palpable passion for the subject matter
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
This course covers how cities of the ancient world have developed to accommodate changes in social, religious and political developments, and what we can learn from each city about the lives of its inhabitants.
Perhaps the video version is better, as I repeatedly was looking for images of the cities described. Prof. Tuck has a good delivery. He makes it clear when he is givibh an opinion which is not universally agreed upon. There are surprises, such as how cities apparently were first constructed for religious reasons, and not for trade.
If you love "uhms" and "uhhs" then this lecture is for you. The lectures material is 4 star, but the presentation of said material drops it to 3 stars. Each lecture basically contains one city of the ancient world, however, the description of each city seems sporadic at best. The presenter also has a hard time putting forth his ideas. He also seems unorganized. That being said, it is an interesting lecture, but it is not perfect.
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