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Author Harmanah, Ömür.

Title Cities and the shaping of memory in the ancient Near East [electronic resource] / Ömür Harmanah.

Imprint Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013.


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Description xix, 351 p. : ill., map.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction; 2. Landscapes of change: cities, politics, and memory; 3. The land of Aur: the making of Assyrian landscapes; 4. City and the festival: monuments, urban space, and spatial narratives; 5. Upright stones: architectural technologies and the poetics of urban space; 6. Cities, place, and desire.
Summary "This book investigates the founding and building of cities in the ancient Near East. The creation of new cities was imagined as an ideological project or a divine intervention in the political narratives and mythologies of Near Eastern cultures, often masking the complex processes behind the social production of urban space. During the Early Iron Age (ca. 1200-850 BCE), Assyrian and Syro-Hittite rulers developed a highly performative official discourse that revolved around constructing cities, cultivating landscapes, building watercourses, erecting monuments, and initiating public festivals. This volume combs through archaeological, epigraphic, visual, architectural, and environmental evidence to tell the story of a region from the perspective of its spatial practices, landscape history, and architectural technologies. It argues that the cultural processes of the making of urban spaces shape collective memory and identity as well as sites of political performance and state spectacle"-- Provided by publisher.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.
Subject Cities and towns -- Middle East -- History.
Collective memory -- Middle East.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author ProQuest (Firm)
ISBN 9781107027947
9781107306745 (e-book)

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