Palmyra: Mirage in the Desert

Palmyra: Mirage in the Desert

by Joan Aruz


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In this important and timely publication, top international scholars present current research and developments about the art, archaeology, and history of the ancient city of Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Syria. Palmyra became tragic headline news in 2015, when it was overtaken by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), which destroyed many of its monuments and artifacts. The essays in this book include new scholarship on Palmyra’s origins and evolution as well as developments from both before and after its damage by ISIS, providing new information that will be relevant to current and future generations of art historians and archaeologists. The book also includes a moving tribute by Waleed Khaled al-Asa’ad to his father, Khaled al-Asa’ad, the Syrian archaeologist and head of antiquities at Palmyra, who was brutally murdered by ISIS in 2015 for defending the site.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781588396310
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/30/2018
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Joan Aruz is curator emerita, Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  

Table of Contents

Contributors to the Volume




Joan Aruz

A Tribute to the Late Khaled al-A&sgrave;ad, Martyr of Human Civilization

Waleed Khaled al-As’ad

The Bride of the Dry Steppe: Palmyra and the Surrounding Territory

Jørgen Christian Meyer

The First Occupation of Palmyra: Soundings in the Sanctuary of Bêl and Tell ez-Zor

Michel al-Maqdissi and Eva Ishaq

Bel and Baalshamin: Two Lost Temples

Michał Gawlikowski

Looking Back on Thirty Years of Syro-German/Austrian Archaeological Research at Palmyra in Memory of Khaled al-As‘ad Andreas Schmidt-Colinet

“Ich Bin Ein Palmyrener” Or “Je Suis Tadmor”: On How To Be a Proper Citizen of the Queen of the Desert

Ted Kaizer

Out of a Palmyrene Family. Notes on The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Palmyra Collection

Eleonora Cussini

Palmyrene Funerary Portraits: Collection Histories and Current Research

Rubina Raja

Embodied Identities in the Funerary Portraiture of Palmyra

Maura Heyn

Palmyrene Sculpture in Context: Between Hybridity and Heterogeneity

Lucinda Dirven

Zenobia in History and Legend

Judith Weingarten


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