Postponed - Talk: Age Old Cities: Andrew M. Smith on Palmyra
Postponed - Talk: Age Old Cities: Andrew M. Smith on Palmyra
WhenSaturday, March 14, 2020, 3 PM
CategoriesGallery Talks & Tours, Lectures & Discussions
SponsorAsian Art Museum
VenueArthur M. Sackler Gallery
Event LocationSackler, level B1 lobby
CostFree
Related ExhibitionAge Old Cities: A Virtual Journey from Palmyra to Mosul
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This event has been postponed.

What is the history and significance of the ancient city of Palmyra? And what does the future hold for it after the Islamic State (ISIS) destroyed many of its monumental sites? Join Andrew M. Smith, Associate Professor of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at George Washington University, to learn about this major trading center of the Roman Empire. Located in central Syria, Palmyra has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980.

Andrew M. Smith II is an Associate Professor of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies and History in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at the George Washington University. He specializes in the history and archaeology of the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine Near East. His research focuses on processes of community formation and urbanism in the Roman and Byzantine Near East, with an emphasis on Arab communities. His book Roman Palmyra: Identity, Community, and State Formation (2014) examines the development of Palmyra into a classical Mediterranean city. Professor Smith also conducts research on Nabataean, Roman, and Byzantine Petra in Jordan, has worked on numerous archaeological excavations, and is involved in preserving cultural heritage through community engagement.

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