Natalie N. May, PhD (2008), Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is an Assyriologist and a specialist in art and history of the Ancient Near East. Her particular interests are comparative studies in Mesopotamia and the Bible, iconoclasm, and prodopography of ancient scholars. She is an author of many publications in these fields, including Iconoclasm and Text Destruction in the Ancient Near East and Beyond (Chicago Univ., 2012).
Ulrike Steinert, Ph.D. (2007) in Assyriology, Georg-August-University of Göttingen, is a Research Fellow at Freie Universität Berlin. Her research focuses on the Akkadian language as well as the cultural history, anthropology and medicine of Ancient Mesopotamia. She is the author of Aspekte des Menschseins im Alten Mesopotamien. Eine Studie zu Person und Identität im 2. und 1. Jt. v. Chr. (Brill, 2012).
All interested in ancient urbanism and the cultures of the Near East as well as Greek and Roman antiquity, including historians, social anthropologists, and archaeologists.
Table of contents
Introduction: Urban Topography as a Reflection of Society? Natalie N. May and Ulrike Steinert
The Cost of Cosmogony: Ethical Reflections on Resource Extraction, Monumental Architecture and Urbanism in the Sumerian Literary Tradition. J. Cale Johnson
Gates and their Functions in Mesopotamia and Ancient Israel. Natalie N. May
City Streets: Reflections on Urban Society in the Cuneiform Sources of the Second and First Millennium BCE. Ulrike Steinert
The Babylonian Cities: Investigating Urban Morphology Using Texts and Archaeology. Heather D. Baker
From bābānu to bētānu, Looking for Spaces in Late Assyrian Palaces. David Kertai
„Ich bin die Grenze der Agora.“ Zum kognitiven Stadtbild der Athener in klassischer Zeit. Jan Stenger
Religiöse Topographie Roms: Der Aventin. Innerhalb der Stadt und außerhalb des Pomeriums. Darja Šterbenc Erker