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How Ancient Palmyra, Now in ISIS's Grip, Grew Rich and Powerful

news.nationalgeographic.com

In Palmyra, history is literally written on the walls: across temples and above doorways, encircling funerary monuments and snaking up the towering limestone columns that rise above the Syrian desert some 134 miles (215 km) northeast of Damascus.These inscriptions were often written both in Greek and Palmyrene Aramaic, a bilingual phenomenon unique to Palmyra. Continue Reading

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