Damascus: A History

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Psychology Press, 2005 - History - 386 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

Dimashqu Damascus from the Aramaeans to
8
A greater game Assyrians Persians Greeks
21
Pax Romana 64 BCAD 30
45
Metropolis Romana AD 30268
59
Holding the line AD 269610
80
Farewell Oh Syria 611750
96
Umayyad Mosque
117
When did the ancient end?
127
Mamluks12601515
195
The Ottoman centuries 15161840
224
Reform and revitalisation 18401918
249
Notes
273
Glossary
297
Damascus historical development
310
The Ghouta and its villages
322
Bibliography
325

Islam resurgent 10981174
146
Saladinand the Ayyubids 11741250
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About the author (2005)

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.

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