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Tadmor – Palmyra, A Caravan City between East and West

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ISBN: 978-83-89831-40-8
Description: hardback, 456 pp. (28x21cm), ills.
Condition: new
Weight: 1870g.


Michal Gawlikowski, Tadmor – Palmyra, A Caravan City between East and West, Irsa, Krakow 2021

This monograph of Palmyra presents the history of the city from its beginnings as an oasis in the desert, through flourishing times of Odainat and time of decline to a place of archaeological excavations which started at the beginning of the 20th century. Based on dozens of years of fi eldwork, the book includes lavishly illustrated overview of the history of Palmyrene architecture and sculpture presented against the background of religion and politics. The author also tells a story of people whose work was devoted to exploring and protecting the ancient Palmyra. An album of selected photographs, which have been taken during the excavations, shows the reader around the remains of the ancient city. Michał Gawlikowski presents richness of the Palmyrene artistic heritage as well as captures a complex story behind Palmyra.

“Tadmor – Palmyra. A Caravan City between East and West is not only the latest monograph on Palmyra – that is one taking into consideration the results of the most recent research – but it is also the most comprehensive treatment of the subject which combines the archaeological research with the philological and historical work”.

From the review by Prof. Piotr Bieliński, Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw

The early times
The two crescents
The oasis and its inhabitants through the ages
The coming of the Romans
Tadmor under the Seleucids
The first contacts with Rome
The tribal confederation
The annexation to the province
The city of Palmyra
The Council and the civic tribes
Palmyra within the Empire
The customs law
The caravans
The new road
Costs and risks
Special relation
What did the caravans carry?
A Roman colony
Roman citizens
The new adversary
The Rise and Fall
Odainat, a great warrior
Zenobia, the unhappy queen
The growth of a city
Tadmor before the Romans
Palmyra comes of age
The Great Colonnade
The temples
The temple of Bel
The temple of Baalshamin
The temple of Allat
The temple of Nabu
The City of the Dead
The gods
Byzantine Palmyra and Islamic Tadmor
Sculpture and other arts
Travellers and archaeologists
A Promenade in Palmyra. Yesterday and today
Illustration credits