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Do theories of the ancient city matter?

ByC. R. Whittaker

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In his recent excellent book, Cities, capitalism and civilization, R.J.Holton1 says:

The “city” appears as such a prominent feature of social life in so many contrasting cultures and historical epochs that one might have supposed the question of what all such “cities” have in common to be long settled. Yet this supposition is quite unwarranted.