This monograph of Palmyra presents the history of the city from its beginnings as an oasis in the desert, through flourishing times of Odainat and time of decline to a place of archaeological excavations which started at the beginning of the 20th century.
“Coming at the end of more than forty years of work there, not only would this be a summing up of my career as an archaeologist, but also, unfortunately, the summing up of a period in the site’s history. The ancient civilisation of Palmyra thrived for three centuries before being erased by the conquering legions of the Roman emperor Aurelian in AD 273. Brought to worldwide fame in modern times, the city had recently become a great tourist destination. It has been destroyed again in front of our eyes.”
From the Introduction
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