Re­quiem for Palmyra

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Over the last six months, the an­cient ru­ins of Palmyra in Syria have been sys­tem­at­i­cally de­stroyed by the forces of the Is­lamic State of Iraq and the Le­vant (ISIL). The last week of Au­gust saw the de­mo­li­tion of some of its best-pre­served struc­tures, the Tem­ples of Baal­shamin and Bel. The Palace of the Gov­er­nors has a sig­nif­i­cant role to play in pre­serv­ing the mem­ory of this city, in the form of seven albums con­tain­ing more than 600 pho­to­graphs of his­toric ex­pe­di­tions to Syria con­ducted by Prince­ton pro­fes­sor Howard Crosby But­ler from 1899 to 1909. On the cover is a photo from the But­ler col­lec­tion of Palmyra’s colon­nade and tri­umphal arch, circa 1900; im­age cour­tesy Palace of the Gov­er­nors Photo Ar­chives #96002.

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