On the Causes of the Greatness and Magnificence of Cities / Geoffrey Symcox.
- Standardized Title:
- Delle cause della grandezza delle città. English
- Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 
- Lorenzo da Ponte Italian library.
Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library
1 online resource (136 p.)
- Cities and towns -- Early works to 1800.
Urban economics -- Early works to 1800.
Sociology, Urban -- Early works to 1800.
- Electronic books.
- The first treatise ever written on the sociology of cities, On the Causes of the Greatness and Magnificence of Cities (1588) marked a radical departure from previous literature on urban centres. It provided a revolutionary analysis of how cities function, and of the political, economic, demographic and geographic factors that cause their growth and decline. Noteworthy too is Botero's strikingly original use of sources in his analysis: moving beyond familiar classical and biblical references, he drew groundbreaking insights from reports by travelers and missionaries about cities in the non-European world, especially in China.Though seminally important to the history of urban studies, On the Causes of the Greatness and Magnificence of Cities has not been available in a modern translation until now. This edition of the treatise - which includes an introduction by Geoffrey W. Symcox on the intellectual context within which it was conceived - is a must-read for anyone interested in the life of cities both historical and contemporary.
Note on the Translation
Dedication to Duchess Cornelia Orsini di Altemps
1. What Is a Great City
2. On Authority
3. On Force
4. On Laying Waste the Lands of Neighbours
5. On Removing Peoples from Their Own Countries to Our City
6. On Pleasure
7. On Utility
8. On the Convenience of the Site
9. On the Fertility of the Land
10. On Convenience for Transport
2. On the Particular Methods Employed by the Romans
3. On Colonies
4. On Religion
5. On Universities
6. On Courts of Justice
7. On Industry
8. On Fiscal Privileges
9. On the Possession of Some Valuable Commodity
10. On Political Dominion
11. On the Residence of the Nobility
12. On the Residence of the Prince
2. Why Cities Do Not Grow Proportionately
3. On the Causes That Maintain a City's Greatness
A Treatise. How Many People Rome Might Have Contained at the Height of Its Greatness
Bibliography of Works Cited
- Translated from the Italian.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 08. Jul 2019)
- Publisher Number:
- 10.3138/9781442665415 doi
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