By Ross Burns
This can be the 1st ebook in English to narrate the heritage of Damascus, bringing out the the most important function the town has performed at many issues within the region's prior. Damascus strains the heritage 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 top of Turkish regulate in 1918.
In Damascus, each layer of the heritage has equipped accurately on most sensible of its predecessors for no less than 3 millennia, leaving a close archaeological checklist of 1 of the oldest regularly inhabited towns on the earth. The booklet seems to be really on the interaction among the western and jap affects that experience supplied Damascus with this kind of wealthy previous, and the way this completely encapsulates the forces that experience performed over the center East as an entire from the earliest recorded occasions to the current.
Lavishly illustrated, Damascus: A History is a compelling and distinctive exploration of a desirable urban.
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14 The long campaign as far as India fatally sapped Alexander’s energies and his troops’ morale. He died at Babylon in 323 BC. His body was carried westwards in its funerary progress towards Egypt, the cortège stopping in Damascus in 321 BC15 accompanied by the regent, Perdiccas. There it was met by an army led by Ptolemy, Alexander’s successor in Egypt, who escorted it to Alexandria, perhaps to prevent Perdiccas from using this excuse to pluck Egypt from him. This struggle for the succession would last decades.
The pass leads from the Mediterranean coast across the Amanus Mountains and descends abruptly onto the rich plain of Amuq, watered by the Orontes. 3 Alexander’s route, Hellenistic Syria who had fled eastwards into Persia. Instead, he decided to continue south towards Egypt, securing Phoenicia on the way. He paid no attention to the interior of Syria though he did send his general, Parmenion, to the main centre of the Persian satrapy, Damascus. Here Darius had sent his heavy baggage, his war treasure and his concubines for safe keeping before the Battle of Issus.
Its strategic economic location, however, meant that it could not be overlooked entirely. 1 In many ways, Aramaean civilisation won over its Assyrian and later conquerors. Its influence in terms of the racial and cultural mix that it represented remained pervasive, a substratum on which the racial and cultural mixture of the next millennium of Near Eastern civilisation built. The Assyrians, however, were certainly the political masters. Egypt was now the only threat to Assyrian supremacy. Tiglath-Pilaser realised that control of Syria had to be secured by taming the Phoenician city-states of the coast, denying their use as bridgeheads for resurgent Egyptian influence while tapping the wealth that flowed through their ports.
Damascus: A History by Ross Burns