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Islamic State may finally efface the traces of lost empires at Palmyra

After witnessing the rise and fall of many empires, the ancient site of Palmyra is under threat from Islamic State. Phillip George

After witnessing the rise and fall of many empires, the ancient site of Palmyra is under threat from Islamic State. Phillip George Phillip George, UNSW “Surpassing disaster” is a term the Lebanese artist, writer and film theorist Jalal Toufic coined as Lebanon emerged from years of catastrophic civil war in the early 1990s. When I asked him for the meaning …

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Khaled al-Asaad, the martyr of Palmyra

The ancient city of Palmyra. Ulrich Waack, CC BY-SA

The ancient city of Palmyra. Ulrich Waack, CC BY-SA Pierre Leriche, École normale supérieure (ENS) – PSL A second ancient temple at Palmyra has been razed, with a satellite image appearing to confirm the destruction of the Temple of Bel, previously one of the best-preserved parts of the ancient city. The revelation follows the release of images by Islamic State …

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After Palmyra, what can the world do to protect cultural treasures?

Palmyra’s Temple of Bel, pre-Islamic State. Reuters/Gustau Nacarino

Agnieszka Jachec-Neale, Brunel University London There has been much public condemnation of the destruction of the Temple of Bel at Palmyra by Islamic State (IS), as well as the wider devastation being inflicted on the cultural heritage of Syria and Iraq by both IS and its opponents in Syria’s civil war. Both Syria and Iraq are party to all relevant …

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