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Ancient Mesopotamia at the Dawn of Civilization: The Evolution of an Urban Landscape

Guillermo Algaze


The alluvial lowlands of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in southern Mesopotamia are widely known as the “cradle of civilization”; owing to the scale of the processes of urbanization that took place in the area by the second half of the fourth millennium bc. This book draws on the work of modern economic geographers to explore how the unique river-based ecology and geography of the Tigris–Euphrates alluvium impacted the development of urban civilization in southern Mesopotamia. It argues that these natural conditions granted southern polities significant competitive advantages over their landl ... More

Keywords: Mesopotamia, Tigris, Euphrates, urban civilization, Southwest Asia, labor organization, record keeping, urbanization, trade, population

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226013770
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226013787.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Guillermo Algaze, author