9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2012
This is a brilliant and slightly addictive book from that foremost producer of historical atlases Colin McEvedy. Naturally it is well researched, with the author having visited most of the sites personally, and it's alphabetical presentation prevents you from taking just an interest in the one time period. The entries reflect this with full discussions, where needed, of the cities entire history, from the archaic period right up until the Islamic capture of much of the classical world. This coupled with a discussion over the population estimates, for estimates they must be, and the topography of the city give you a perfectly rounded picture of each site.
I just couldn't put it down.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 11 October 2012
A lovely romp through a slightly eclectic selection of major Roman and Greek cities with short judicious texts on each city, great maps and a focus on likely population levels. McEvedy was a prolific and brilliant producer of historical maps. In this excellent work he writes about the cities which he has actually visited and to some extent surveyed. He has a view that classical city populations were far lower than is generally thought - based on his analysis of city areas and population densities, as well as literary sources (which nearly always exaggerate). He suggests that only a handful of classical cities ever had more than 10,000 people. He gives a peak for Londinium of 6,000-7,000 and Trier (effective capital of the West Roman empire for most of the 4th century) of 9,000 (the latter is surely far too low?). But there is probably no better guide to classical cities.
0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2012
cities of the classical world a gazetteer of 120 centres of ancient civilizations by colin mcevedy from alexandria to xanthos illustrated with line maps good artiles on each ciites including assyrian and mesopotamian cites such as babylon their topolography, population and reasons for abandonmment from the tigris to the rhine from leptis to ptolemais