Ancient Egyptian Urbanism in a comparative, global context

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For more than 50 years, archaeologists have debated whether or not Egypt was a "civilization without cities."The publication of Nadine Moeller's book, The Archaeology of Urbanism in Ancient Egypt: From the Predynastic Period to the End of the Middle Kingdom, provides the opportunity to reconsider this issue, using a more complete record of the relevant archaeological finds. I present a new, flexible approach to urban definition, and then I examine the ways in which ancient Egyptian urbanism resembled and differed from other early urban traditions. I conclude that Egypt was indeed an urban society, and that Egyptian urban patterns were highly distinctive within the canon of ancient urban systems. I place these points within the context of competing ideas about the nature of global history.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-100
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Egyptian History
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021


  • Cities
  • Command economy
  • Comparative analysis
  • Urbanism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History


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