Dome at dusk: The vanishing past – recording ancient Syria

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Giovanni Battista Borra, ‘A view of the temple of the sun, taken from the north-west corner of the court’, plate XXI in Robert Wood, The ruins of Palmyra, otherwise Tedmor, in the desart, London, 1753
17 May 2018, 6:00pm6:30pm
LocationDome Galleries, Level 4
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Unearth the ruined Syrian metropolis of Palmyra. Once one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world, this desert oasis was all but destroyed by 1400. Palmyra’s art and architecture were rediscovered piece by piece in the 17th and 18th centuries, and today the monumental ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In the wake of contemporary Middle Eastern wars, 17th- and 18th-century archaeological excavations of sites in the region have gained importance. Explore their poignancy in this talk held in the World of the book exhibition.

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