The Life and Death of Ancient Cities by Greg Woolf review – why cities are ‘natural’

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People in circles

In the world of Covid-19, many city dwellers have felt alienated from the large, crowded, human nests in which, in common with half of the world’s population, they live.

As so many urban pleasures – restaurants and shops, theatres and concert halls, universities and museums – became dormant, British newspapers burgeoned with articles about escaping to the countryside. (“The countryside” is a concept that only exists in opposition to the city – pastoral poetry was invented as a literary genre in the third century BC by sophisticated urban Alexandrians exoticising rural life.)

+INFO: The Guardian

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