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The destruction of the idols: Syria’s patrimony at risk from extremists

Very sad to read but no real surprise. by Patrick Cockburn First published in The Independent 11 Feb 2014 Islamic fundamentalists in Syria have started to destroy archaeological treasures such as Byzantine mosaics and Greek and Roman statues because their … Continue reading

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On the anniversary of the critical battle of Manzikert

On hearing of the approach of a large Byzantine army, the Tukish ruler raised his siege of Aleppo and marched into Anatolia to fight the advancing forces. by Niki Gamm ISTANBUL from Hürriyet Daily News The Seljuk Turks first entered … Continue reading

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Syria’s mysterious Dead Cities

It may sound like an Indiana Jones film, but Syria’s abandoned Byzantine towns are real – though barely visited – archaeological treasures The stone window ledge has two rows of seven shallow depressions cut into it, and I am sitting … Continue reading

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