Monuments of Syria: A Guide

Overview

Syria is home to some of the world’s richest historical and archaeological remains dating from the Bronze Age through biblical and Byzantine times to the early Islamic and Ottoman periods. Yet even in an age of mass tourism these magnificent monuments are little known and rarely visited--in other words, ripe for discovery by independent-minded and adventurous travellers. The Monuments of Syria is organized as a gazetteer of all Syria’s historical sites, with complementary sections on history and architectural ...

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Overview

Syria is home to some of the world’s richest historical and archaeological remains dating from the Bronze Age through biblical and Byzantine times to the early Islamic and Ottoman periods. Yet even in an age of mass tourism these magnificent monuments are little known and rarely visited--in other words, ripe for discovery by independent-minded and adventurous travellers. The Monuments of Syria is organized as a gazetteer of all Syria’s historical sites, with complementary sections on history and architectural influences and comprehensive chronologies and glossaries. This fully revised edition includes the latest information about site visits and the layout of museums, extensive and detailed itineraries for further travel and a new 24-page color section.

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Editorial Reviews

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"the best thing on the market and essential for anyone who takes their Syrian travelling seriously"--  Hugh Kennedy, Times Literary Supplement

"This wonderful guidebook…is without question the most impressive historical guide to Syria in the English language…[and] succeeds beyond all expectations"--Yasser Tabbaa, MESA Bulletin

"this excellent, well-organized and highly readable guide is a must for any traveller seriously committed to Syria"--Erica C.D.Hunter, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies

"[The Monuments of Syria] is something which has long been needed and it will be used for many years to come by those visiting the ancient and medieval sites of Syria"--M.C.A.MacDonald, Oxford Journals

"Invaluable" -- Barnaby Rogerson, Country Life,

Booknews
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: 9781845119478
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/7/2009
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 1,238,662
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ross Burns is an historian and archaeologist by training, and has lived in Syria and the Lebanon for many years.

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Table of Contents

* List of Maps and Plans
• List of Plates
• Preface (Third Edition)
• Abbreviations, Ratings & Symbols
• Syria – Historical Sketch
• Development of Architectural Forms in Syria
• Gazetteer of Sites
• Itineraries, Regional and Thematic Maps
• Quick Itineraries
• Detailed Itineraries
• Regional Maps
• Thematic Maps
• Glossary of Architectural and Other Terms
• Chronology of Main Events
• Bibliography
• Works Cited in REFS and Footnotes
• Books and Articles for Further Reading
• Index to Places and People
• Quick Index of Gazetteer Sites by Period and Rating

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