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Roman Syria and the Near East
     

Roman Syria and the Near East

by Kevin Butcher
 

ISBN-10: 0892367156

ISBN-13: 9780892367153

Pub. Date: 02/28/2004

Publisher: Getty Publications

The provinces that the Romans referred to as Syria covered a vast area occupied today by several modern states. These included some of the most spectacular ruins of the ancient world-Palmyra, Baalbek, and Apamea-and fabled cities such as Antioch, Damascus, Sidon, and Tyre. Roman Syria also comprised sites that are virtually unknown, such as the great fortress city

Overview

The provinces that the Romans referred to as Syria covered a vast area occupied today by several modern states. These included some of the most spectacular ruins of the ancient world-Palmyra, Baalbek, and Apamea-and fabled cities such as Antioch, Damascus, Sidon, and Tyre. Roman Syria also comprised sites that are virtually unknown, such as the great fortress city of Zenobia on the Euphrates and the remarkably well-preserved villages of the limestone massif of northwestern Syria.
Roman Syria and the Near East offers a broad overview of this major cultural crossroads. Surveying a millennium of Roman and Byzantine rule in the Near East, from Roman annexation to the Arab conquest, the book outlines Syria's crucial role in Roman history. Topics discussed include the Roman army's use of Syria as a buffer against its powerful eastern neighbors and the elaborate road system that Rome developed to connect its far-reaching empire. The book also explores the impact of geography, trade, and religion on the shaping of Syria, as well as the influence of Syrian culture on the classical world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892367153
Publisher:
Getty Publications
Publication date:
02/28/2004
Series:
Getty Trust Publications: J. Paul Getty Museum Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
472
Product dimensions:
6.75(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Map of the region6
Preface and Acknowledgements7
Foreword9
List of rulers18
Part IGrand Narratives
1An Incidental Annexation19
2Rome, Syria, Parthians and Persians32
Part IIOrganizing Space and Time
3Political Entities79
4Time and Motion122
Part IIIProduction and Consumption
5Exploiting the Available135
6Portable Antiquities180
Part IVThe Construction of Communities
7Public Values223
8Impure Genres270
9The Pious World335
10The Military399
Epilogue421
Colour Plates427
Select Bibliography and Text Notes443
Endnotes464
Index465

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