Lattara – The First Step Toward Modern Cities

            I found it very interesting that the town of Lattara was influenced and changed by contact with other Mediterranean societies. Different ways of life in prehistoric times that had been preserved by isolation slowly began to change once contact with other cultures was made. I feel like this is such an interesting part of the development of societies that can definitely be seen today. During this time of transition, Lattara was influenced by the Greeks and the Phoenicians. They began to learn new ways of building, writing, and living that had previously been unknown to them. In many ways, this time of transition is very similar to what countries experience today; as we learn more about the societies around us, we become more influenced by the ways that they live their lives. It wasn’t until they interacted with other societies that the people of southern France were able to find more structure and begin to make protohistoric towns. In a sense, this was the very start of early globalization.

            Once again we see just how important the proximity to water is for the development of a town or peoples. Lattara’s location on the sea made it a prime spot for boats and traders to stop and do business. Because of this access to other cultures and rather steady stream of vistors, Lattara became a place devoted to the distribution of goods, and the spread of ideas, techniques, and people. If we look at the modern world we can see that most of the world’s major trading and political centers are located on the sea. I found it very interesting that this pattern and way of structuring cities became apparent in protohistoric times with some of the world’s first structured towns.

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