I always rendered Briant's "ville" as "town," reserving "city" for the rare "cite' " -- assuming he meant something by the distinction, and keeping in mind that Irving Finkel had mentioned to me many, many years ago that ancient cities were nothing like cities of the recent world.
Peter T. Daniels grammatim@...
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From: Jim West <jwest@...
Sent: Tuesday, July 1, 2008 8:36:31 AM
Subject: Re: [ANE-2] Jerusalem
David Hall wrote:
> Jerusalem with all its cisterns proved no match for the mighty
> kingdoms along the rivers of Mesopotamia and Egypt. While Jerusalem
> started small, it grew in time. During 1000 B.C. it was a small city
> built above a spring and had not been the capitol of any large territory.
A small city?????
I understood that it was nothing more than a little town. But perhaps the terms 'town' and 'city' are not very helpful after all.