From the Inside Flap
What made ancient cities successful? What are the similarities between modern cities and ancient ones? Examining ancient cities from the "bottom up" perspective, the authors in this volume explore the ways in which cities were actually created by ordinary inhabitants. They track the development of urban space from the point of view of individuals and households, providing new insights into cities' roles as social centers as well as focal points of political and economic activities.
About the Author
Monica L. Smith
is a professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles.