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Author Kennedy, D. L., 1948-

Title Gerasa and the Decapolis : a 'virtual island' in northwest Jordan / David Kennedy.

Published London : Duckworth, 2007.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  956.9502 KENN    AVAILABLE
Physical description 216 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
Series Duckworth debates in archaeology.
Duckworth debates in archaeology.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-210) and index.
Contents 1. Defining the topic -- 2. Evidence and methodologies -- 3. The natural and human landscape and environment -- 4. Settlement -- 5. Population and people -- 6. A world of writing -- 7. The structures of the Roman state -- 8. Everyday life -- 9. Where to next?
Summary "During the Long Classical Millennium (fourth century B.C. to eighth century A.D.), Northwest Jordan was part of two worlds, looking west to the Mediterranean as well as east towards the Arabian desert. It was not only a collection of distinctive micro-regions but a 'virtual island', isolated by geography on all sides. Here one finds historical and archaeological data of an intensity and quality probably superior to that of any region in the Near East other than Israel." "This book exploits some of that evidence to explain the character of an unusual region with a dense network of cities and an unexpected surge of settlement which reached a peak and extent not encountered again until the mid-twentieth century. It explores and develops some of the principal themes one may investigate for the region of Northwest Jordan, but which often apply to the Near East as a whole."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Jordan -- History.
Jordan -- Antiquities.
ISBN 0715635670 (paperback)
9780715635674 (paperback)