The class was held in English and was attended by 10 students coming from both History and Classical Studies curricula. Teaching hours included lectures and seminars (two hours twice a week over the term). The final exam was a written essay on a topic selected by the student, who had to account for 1000 pages of bibliography. Seminars were designed to help the students prepare their essay by sharing their bibliography, outline and main argument with the class so as to get peer feedback. The learning outcome were to gain new knowledge on the social, archaeological and economic structure of ancient cities, to acquire the ability to read the ancient material throughout the lens of modern theories and the competence of working diachronically comparing the different stages of urban development.