By Ross Burns
This can be the 1st e-book in English to narrate the heritage of Damascus, bringing out the the most important position town has performed at many issues within the region's earlier. Damascus strains the historical past of this vibrant, major and intricate urban via its actual improvement, from the city's emergence in round 7000 BC in the course of the altering cavalcade of Aramaean, Persian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Mongol and French rulers correct as much as the tip of Turkish keep watch over in 1918.
In Damascus, each layer of the heritage has equipped accurately on most sensible of its predecessors for a minimum of 3 millennia, leaving a close archaeological checklist of 1 of the oldest constantly inhabited towns on the planet. The booklet seems really on the interaction among the western and jap impacts that experience supplied Damascus with this kind of wealthy earlier, and the way this completely encapsulates the forces that experience performed over the center East as a complete from the earliest recorded occasions to the current.
Lavishly illustrated, Damascus: A History is a compelling and certain exploration of a desirable urban.
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Along the Mediterranean coast corresponding to present day Lebanon the Phoenicians, heirs to the old Canaanite tradition, had managed to maintain the independence of their trading entrepôts and block Aramaean infiltration. In the face of increasing Assyrian power, they had made themselves essential through their impressive capacity to supply the whole of the Fertile Crescent with what would be called today highly valueadded products including textiles and that ivory-inlaid furniture which demonstrated the strong artistic influence of Phoenicia on the Damascus court.
Some form of tower or elevated platform would also reflect Semitic usage and symbolised the ‘high place’ of the storm god cults. Only one stone from the Aramaean temple survives in recognisable form; a bas-relief of a winged animal with the head of a man draped in an Egyptian-style headdress. The stone was found reused in the northern wall of the Umayyad Mosque and is now in the Damascus National Museum. 22 We currently have no way of knowing how extensive the Aramaean city might have been. 4 Orthostat of Sphinx from the Aramaean temple (pl.
It initially retained some status as a former satrapal capital as the Greeks recognised that, given the polyglot population of their eastern domains, it would be expedient in ruling non-Greek populations to follow the old Persian administrative practice rather than import structures and philosophies intact from Greece. Thus the satrap became a strategos, a Greek general who held his authority from the King. Unlike the Persians who had maintained Damascus as the seat of a governor, the Seleucids preferred a base in the north, the mid-point between mainland Greece and their rich provinces to the east.
Damascus: A History by Ross Burns