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date: 20 March 2019

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This article examines the relationship between religious practices and the built environment, and how ritual and ceremony shaped movement through early cities. It explores how ritual and ceremony inscribed meaning onto the urban landscape, and how this dialogue fashioned religious activity in cities over time. It focuses on the cities of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East, but also looks at comparative evidence from other early cities, including those of Mesoamerica and China. The following themes are considered: the spatiality of religion in early cities; the temporality of religion in early cities; the religious organization of cities; and religious communities in urban environments.

Keywords: religious practices, cities, ceremony, urban landscape, ancient cities, ancient Mediterranean, Near East, Mesoamerica, China, religious organization

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