A Historical and Architectural Guide
With a wealth of historical splendours matched by few other countries, Syria has remained almost undiscovered by mass tourism. As a result, little has been spoilt, much is unknown, and there is much to discover.
It is a land of immense antiquity, boasting cities and archaeological remains that are amongst the oldest in the world. Hittites, Hurrians and Hebrews, Aramaeans, Assyrians and Arabs, Egyptians, Canaanites, Persians, Nabateans, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Crusaders, Turks and French have all come, leaving behind some of the most spectacular monuments that can be seen anywhere. Today, entire deserted cities such as Palmyra or Resafa, immense castles like Krak des Chevaliers and a bewildering array of palaces, mosques, temples, theatres, churches and other ruins strewn across the country provides Syria with one of the richest and most diverse heritages in the world.
Syria’s timeless monuments overawe the visitor. But most of all, the visitor to Syria meets with the characteristic courtesy and hospitality to outsiders that makes travel in the Arab world such a pleasure. Syria is still ‘the best kept secret’.
This new, expanded and revised edition keeps pace both with the rapid increase in travel to Syria and the new material which has appeared on the country itself. It reconsiders the history and heritage of this extraordinary land and surveys the major sites, making a strong case for reassessing its importance in our perception of the growth of civilization out of the Middle East. With its many site plans and maps, engaging text and 96 colour plates, it makes available the immensely wealthy history, archaeology and architecture of Syria to the general reader and the interested traveller.
Warwick Ball is a Near Eastern archaeologist who has excavated throughout the Middle East and adjacent regions, first visiting Syria in 1972. Author of many books and articles on the history and archaeology of the region, his book, Rome in the East, was awarded the James Henry Breasted prize for history in 2000. Originally from Australia, he now lives in the Scottish Borders.
216 x 138mm, 256 pages, plus 48 pages with 96 colour plates, drawings, paperback; £14.95
ISBN (10) 1 901764 46 X; ISBN (13) 97 819017 64 468