Requiem for Palmyra
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.