Palmyra: Mirage in the Desert

Palmyra: Mirage in the Desert

by Joan Aruz (Editor)

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Overview

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 ISIL, providing new information that will be relevant to current and future generations of art historians and archaeologists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617979149
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press, The
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (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















Acknowledgments















Maps







Introduction







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















Bibliography

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