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1. Introduction: the ancient city as concept and reality; 2. Origins, development and spread of cities in the ancient world; 3. City and country; 4. Urban landscape and environment; 5. Politics and political institutions; 6. Civic ritual and civic identity; 7. Urban society: stratification and mobility; 8. The urban economy; 9. City-states and cities and states; 10. The end of the ancient city?

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This book provides a survey of modern debates on Greek and Roman cities, and a sketch of the cities' chief characteristics.

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Arjan Zuiderhoek is Associate Professor of Ancient History at the Department of History, Ghent University. He is author of The Politics of Munificence in the Roman Empire: Citizens, Elites and Benefactors in Asia Minor (Cambridge, 2009) and editor, with Paul Erdkamp and Koenraad Verboven, of Ownership and Exploitation of Land and Natural Resources in the Roman World (2015).

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'This book is a thoughtful study of cities in the ancient world, arguing that the similarities between the Greek and Roman models far outweighed the differences.' Rupert Jackson, Classics for All
'... this compact scholarly book will be useful to scholars of urbanism across many disciplines.' CHOICE
'This book is a thoughtful study of cities in the ancient world, arguing that the similarities between the Greek and Roman models far outweighed the differences.' Rupert Jackson, Classics for All
'... this compact scholarly book will be useful to scholars of urbanism across many disciplines.' CHOICE

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