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.
"Master of all the written, archaeological, and epigraphic sources, ever alert to fine nuances in political developments and architectural elements, and possessed of a writing style in which elegant simplicity and clarity is often elivened by a rhetorical flourish. Burns has proved himself a chronicler worthy of a city that for three thousand years drew to itself those who made the history of the region."
- Jerome Murphy-O'Connor, Revue Biblique
"Ross Burns wears his massive learning lightly and the book will be a lively and enlightening guide for anyone contemplating taking the Road to Damascus."
- Professor Sam Lieu, Macquarie University, Australia
"Burns has succeeded outstandingly in providing a coherent and fascinating survey of Damascene history, interesting for the art historian, archaeologist, and historian alike ... highly readable ... plausible and attractively written account of both the Hellenistic and Roman periods ... with passion and an excellent eye for detail ... a fluent and interesting account of the urban history right up to the brink of modern Syria."
- Antti Lampinen, Arctos
Series: Cities of the Ancient World
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 1st August 2005
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88
Weight (kg): 0.84
Edition Number: 1