Cities in the Ancient Near East: Ömür Harmanşah discusses his recent book

By Mary Fisk|August 20, 2014|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Art and Archaeology, History, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica|0 comments

In this article on the ASOR (American Schools of Oriental Research) blog, Ömür Harmanşah discusses how he came to write Cities and the shaping of memory in the Ancient Near East, published by Cambridge University Press in 2013, and also looks at concepts of architectural and urban space in more modern times (with a particular focus on Ankara)

Click here to go to the Library catalogue, where you will also find a Google Preview of  Cities and the shaping of memory in the Ancient Near East (shelved at L.QD 307.76 /755996 on Level B)

The publisher’s information states “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“-



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