Ancient Cities with Greg Woolf

Charter Cities | 30 November 2020 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | Spotify
Interview with Greg Woolf about his book The Life and Death of Ancient Cities: A Natural History. Discusses the common traditions that create a city and how those essential precursors have influenced human behaviour; how language and resources have travelled across the globe since ancient times; the collapse of the Bronze Age, the following urbanization in the Mediterranean, and some key factors that influenced the locations of ancient cities; the comparative advantage that Rome had over its neighbours; and the role governance plays in the evolution of cities.

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