Great Cities of the Ancient World

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Great Cities of the Ancient World
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Dust-jacket for Great Cities of the Ancient World
Author L. Sprague de Camp
Illustrator Rafael Palacios
Roy G. Krenkel
Cover artist L. Sprague de Camp
Country United States
Language English
Subject Ethnology, History and Geography
Publisher Doubleday
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages xv, 510 pp
ISBN 0-385-09187-7

Great Cities of the Ancient World is a 1972 history book by L. Sprague de Camp, published by Doubleday. A translation into German has also appeared.

The work is a study of the ethnology, history, geography, and everyday life in such famous ancient capital cities as Thebes, Jerusalem, Nineveh, Tyre, Babylon, Memphis, Athens, Syracuse, Alexandria, Anuradhapura, Rome, Pataliputra, and Constantinople. The narrative is enlivened by personal observation, the author having personally traveled to each of the sites treated. New World sites are not treated.


  • Laughlin, Charlotte; Daniel J. H. Levack (1983). De Camp: An L. Sprague de Camp Bibliography. San Francisco: Underwood/Miller. pp. 60–61.