Monuments of Syria: A Historical Guide

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Ancient Syria has one of the richest cultures outside Egypt, with particularly impressive and virtually unspoiled remains from the Byzantine period and the time of the Crusades. An encyclopedic survey of Syria's ancient monuments, this guidebook takes the traveller through Syria's turbulent history, linking the sites to events and historical figures.

Supplementary notes on the history and architectural influences are given for all the main sites and monuments, along with an ...

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Overview

Ancient Syria has one of the richest cultures outside Egypt, with particularly impressive and virtually unspoiled remains from the Byzantine period and the time of the Crusades. An encyclopedic survey of Syria's ancient monuments, this guidebook takes the traveller through Syria's turbulent history, linking the sites to events and historical figures.

Supplementary notes on the history and architectural influences are given for all the main sites and monuments, along with an explanation of the main architectural and foreign language term, alternative place names, and indications of the level of interest.

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"This wonderful guidebook has been published at an auspicious time when Syria has finally opened its doors to international tourism. It is without question the most impressive historical guide to Syria in the English language, far surpassing anything previously published."

-MESA Bulletin,

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Syria is home to some of the most celebrated sites from ancient and medieval history, including Palmyra, Qasr al Hayr East, the shrine of Saint Simeon, and Crak des Chevaliers. The history and present condition of each of these sites, which are listed in alphabetical order, are chronicled by Ross (who was trained in history and archaeology) in a detailed, readable text. The gazetteer is followed by a series of itineraries, maps, a glossary of terms, and a chronology of Syria's history. Published in a convenient size (6x8.25<">) for travelling. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814712870
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1997
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 288

Meet the Author

Ross Burns is a historian and archaeologist by training. He was an Australian Ambassador to Syria and Lebanon and is now the Australian Permanent Delegate to UNESCO and Minister at the Australian Embassy in Paris.

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Table of Contents

List of Plates VI
List of Maps and Plans VII
Foreword X
Foreword to the New Paperback Edition XII
Abbreviations, Ratings & Symbols XIII
Attribution of the photos XV
1. Syria-Historical Sketch 2
2. Development of Architectural Forms in Syria 18
3. Gazetteer of Sites 28
4. Itineraries 243
Summary of Itineraries 244
Quick Itineraries 245
Detailed Itineraries 247
Thematic Maps 257
Glossary of Architectural and Other Terms 263
Chronology of Main Events 269
Bibliography 275
Works Cited in REFS and Footnotes 276
Books and Articles for Further Reading 284
Index to Places and People 287
Quick Index of Gazetteer Sites by Period and Rating 300
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