Kimberly Cassibry, assistant professor, Ancient Art, Wellesley College

Ancient Palmyra prospered along trade routes linking the Mediterranean to Mesopotamia. Consider the cross-cultural currents that shaped the Roman city’s resplendent art and architecture, and the monuments now tragically subject to looting and destruction.

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Above: American Colony (Jerusalem), Photo Dept., Palmyra, Temple of Baal, Pillars of the peristyle, approximately 1920 to 1933. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.