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  • In light of the recent fire at Notre Dame, I feel like I should also take the time talk about the cultural legacy of Palmyra, and the threats it faces right now. The ruins of Palmyra were captured by ISIS in 2015, and they spared no expenses in obliterating the site. Around 20% of the city’s structures were leveled by ISIS using dynamite, and while that number may not sound so bad, it included Palmyra’s most prominent buildings - all of its major temples, monuments, and tombs. While Palmyra is now safer in the hands of the Syrian government, President Bashar al-Assad has been exploiting its preservation as propaganda for his regime. To make matters worse, Middle Eastern cultural heritage isn’t talked about very often in non-academic settings here in the West. If I asked a random person on the street about Notre Dame, chances are they would immediately know about the fire. If I asked the same person about the Temple of Baalshamin at Palmyra that was demolished in 2015, I don’t think they would know anything about it. Both monuments are crucial to world heritage, and both need to be treated with the same respect. Tomb portraits like this one, made for a man named Nesha in the 2nd century CE, help to preserve what is left of Palmyra’s legacy. The portrait’s inscription reads: “Nesha, son of Belha, (son of) Hashash. Alas!” #WorldBetweenEmpires #Palmyra #Syria #MiddleEast #Ancient
  • In light of the recent fire at Notre Dame, I feel like I should also take the time talk about the cultural legacy of Palmyra, and the threats it faces right now. The ruins of Palmyra were captured by ISIS in 2015, and they spared no expenses in obliterating the site. Around 20% of the city’s structures were leveled by ISIS using dynamite, and while that number may not sound so bad, it included Palmyra’s most prominent buildings - all of its major temples, monuments, and tombs. While Palmyra is now safer in the hands of the Syrian government, President Bashar al-Assad has been exploiting its preservation as propaganda for his regime. To make matters worse, Middle Eastern cultural heritage isn’t talked about very often in non-academic settings here in the West. If I asked a random person on the street about Notre Dame, chances are they would immediately know about the fire. If I asked the same person about the Temple of Baalshamin at Palmyra that was demolished in 2015, I don’t think they would know anything about it. Both monuments are crucial to world heritage, and both need to be treated with the same respect. Tomb portraits like this one, made for a man named Nesha in the 2nd century CE, help to preserve what is left of Palmyra’s legacy. The portrait’s inscription reads: “Nesha, son of Belha, (son of) Hashash. Alas!” #WorldBetweenEmpires #Palmyra #Syria #MiddleEast #Ancient
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