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By Eric Uphill

This publication surveys the most varieties of city cost and city making plans that existed in old Egypt ahead of the Hellenistic interval. The evolution and progress of Predynastic villages is traced as an important prelude to the a lot better achievements of the Pharaohs in developing first cities after which towns. The later growths are proven to be of 2 simple kinds, royal foundations and people which underwent a normal enlargement all through heritage. From this they're categorised as constituting a number of general kinds according to functionality: provincial centres, deliberate workmen's villages, army and frontier cities, cities inhabited by way of funerary monks and, eventually, royal apartments and the capitals. the variety of measurement and fabric is great, protecting small heavily knit groups of some hundred humans, cities with a number of thousand population and large towns, as huge as any within the historical global, with tens of hundreds of thousands of voters.

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Eo t c palace of Ramcsses II looking south (Ph t hI . oograp 'y ~~ Eric P. ) 65 lions and elephants, and possibly a giraffe, unlike the small menagerie and aviary of domestic animals and birds at the North Palace of Arnarna. In addition to these civil buildings, temples were provided in the central city to serve all the principal deities of Egypt, thus providing convenient access to the king, who as High Priest needed to serve many different cults regularly throughout his reign. The great metropolitan shrine of Amun-Re may indeed have rivalled Karnak in scale and certainly possessed an enormous status with a huge pylon and gateways preceded by four colossal statues of the king, two seated and two standing.

View or the harem court in the central palace looking north. (Photograph by Eric P. ) J ~l. GAmarna. Plan of the central ~ity zone and its most imp<;rtant buildings: A. sanctuary; ~m Aten, C, OffelIng tables; D? stores; E, HIgh Prrest shouse; F, private palace: G, WII teJn temhple, H, harem; I, major temple complex; J coronation hall. ) , H' (~40 ha) but this does not include parts not yet excavated, and a figure of 3000, acres (1200 ha) may be more realistic. The Immense scale IS best conveyed by the fact that Rome within the walls of Aurelian covered nearly 3500 acres (1400 ha).

The total city area within these was in the region of 112 square miles (290 sq km). The urban area proper was a ribbon development along the east bank of the Nile, broken in places by the wadis which run across the site but in general continuous from a guard building blocking the narrow pass at the north end to what may be a similar one at the south. stela .. t: tomb ) o ...... CITY LIMITS 2km I 30. Amarna. General plan of the area of Akhetaten and of the city boundaries: A, nort~ city limits; B, customs house; C, great wall; D, east palace; E.

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