TITLE

SYRIA

PUB. DATE
January 2005
SOURCE
Middle East;Jan2005, Issue 352, p54
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article reports that Syria's archaeological riches make its claim to be the cradle of civilisations a serious one. Contemporary excavations of the towns in the middle Euphrates show society flourishing in Syria at the time of the earliest great civilisations of Persia, Mesopotamia and Egypt. Evidence of its period of Roman rule is everywhere in the country but most impressive in Palmyra. Indeed, Syria's importance to the Eastern Roman or Byzantine Empire founded by Constantine can be seen by the numerous remains of the Christian churches they built in the country. Fortifications such as the truly magnificent Krak des Chevaliers recall the long struggles between Muslims and Christian crusaders and, later, the Ottoman empire brought Syria commercial prosperity and further treasures.
ACCESSION #
15629790

 

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