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Here is a sentence from "New Concept English" Lesson 3:

"The city must have been prosperous, for it enjoyed a high level of civilization."

I am wondering what's the function of "of" here? Is it correct to say:

"a high-level civilization"

or even

"a high level civilization"?

It should be the "civilization" what the city enjoyed, but the "of" here makes me feel that the city enjoyed the "level".

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    Please look up civilization and check out the various meanings. Hint: there are more than one. – Robusto May 16 '18 at 3:18
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Its difficult to explain the difference. See if you can understand the difference between the two sentences below.

Original:

The city must have been prosperous, for it enjoyed a high level of civilization (being civilized - a process).

Proposed:

The city must have been prosperous, for it had / contained / was part of a high-level civilization (an object / entity)

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