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Aeon
20 mins | May 13, 2020

The city is a lie

Do you see the city as an island of civilisation in a sea of wilderness? Well, cast yourself adrift — and look again. Cities are a borderland where the wild and built worlds meet and from Ancient Egypt’s deltas to Edinburgh’s crags and peaks, they have pushed back against the dream of human separateness. Historian Sam Grinsell examines the lies of urban life for Aeon magazine.

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