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By Ömür Harmanşah

This publication investigates the founding and construction of towns within the old close to East. The production of latest towns was once imagined as an ideological venture or a divine intervention within the political narratives and mythologies of close to japanese cultures, usually covering the complicated methods at the back of the social construction of city house. in the course of the Early Iron Age (ca.1200-850 BCE), Assyrian and Syro-Hittite rulers built a hugely performative legitimate discourse that revolved round developing towns, cultivating landscapes, construction watercourses, erecting monuments and beginning public fairs. This quantity combs via archaeological, epigraphic, visible, architectural and environmental proof to inform the tale of a quarter from the viewpoint of its spatial practices, panorama historical past and architectural applied sciences. It argues that the cultural strategies of the making of city areas form collective reminiscence and id in addition to websites of political functionality and nation spectacle.

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