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The City as Eden

October 14, 2011

In Sumerian beliefs, Eden was not a garden, it was a city, but unlike the biblical version from which humanity had been forever banished, this Eden had been created specifically to give people a reason for existing. And so long as the citizens ensured that relations between their city and its gods were in harmony, they would live in prosperity and happiness.

from anthropologist John Reader’s excellent book Cities.

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