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Damascus

A History

By Ross Burns

© 2005 – Routledge

386 pages | 30 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

This is the first book in English to relate the history of Damascus, bringing out the crucial role the city has played at many points in the region's past. Damascus traces the history of this colourful, significant and complex city through its physical development, from the city's emergence in around 7000 BC through the changing cavalcade of Aramaean, Persian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Mongol and French rulers right up to the end of Turkish control in 1918.

In Damascus, every layer of the history has built precisely on top of its predecessors for at least three millennia, leaving a detailed archaeological record of one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The book looks particularly at the interplay between the western and eastern influences that have provided Damascus with such a rich past, and how this perfectly encapsulates the forces that have played over the Middle East as a whole from the earliest recorded times to the present.

Lavishly illustrated, Damascus: A History is a compelling and unique exploration of a fascinating city.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Emergence of Damascus: 9000-1100 BC 2. Dimashqu - Damascus from the Aramaeans to the Persians: 1000-532 BC 3. A Greater Game - Assyrians, Persians, Greeks: 732-300 BC 4. The Sowing of Hellenism - Ptolemies and Seleucids: 300-64 BC 5. Pax Romana: 64 BC-AD 30 6. Metropolis Romana: AD 30-268 7. Holding the Line: AD 269-610 8. 'Farewell, Oh Syria': 611-750 9. The Umayyads: 661-750 10. Decline, Confusion and Irrelevance: 750-1008 11. Islam Resurgent: 1098-1174 12. Saladin and the Ayyubids: 1174-1250 13. Mamluks: 1260-1515 14. The Ottoman Centuries: 1516-1840 15. Reform and Reaction: 1840-1918 Epilogue Appendices Glossary of Terms and Names Maps of City and Environs Bibliography Index

About the Author

Ross Burns has recently retired from the Australian Foreign Service after assignments which included several countries of the eastern Mediterranean, including Syria. Currently pursuing his archaeological and historical interests fulltime, he is the author of Monuments of Syria, the first modern study of that country's rich archaeological heritage.

About the Series

Cities of the Ancient World

Cities of the Ancient World examines the history, archaeology and cultural significance of key cities from across the ancient world, spanning northern Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa, Asia and the Near East. Each volume explores the life of a significant place, charting its developments from its earliest history, through the transformations it experienced under different cultures and rulers, through to its later periods. These texts offer academics, students and the interested reader comprehensive and scholarly accounts of the life of each city.

Forthcoming titles:

Palmyra: A History by Michael Sommer

Antioch: A History by Andrea De Giorgi and Asa Eger

Carthage by Dexter Hoyos

The History of Siena by Bradley Franco and Mario Ascheri

Salamis: A Biography by Giorgios Papantoniou

Dura-Europos by Lisa R. Brody

Cadiz by Benedict Lowe

Paphos: A History by Scott Moore

Miletos, 2nd edition, by Alan Greaves

Jaffa: The History of an Eastern Mediterranean Port by Aaron Burke and Katherine Burke

Memphis, Babylon, and Cairo by David Jeffreys and Ana Tavares

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
HIS004000
HISTORY / Australia & New Zealand
SOC003000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology