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Browning Memorial Lecture - Palmyra in History and Tradition

6pm, Friday 9th October 2009

BP Lecture Theatre, Clore Education Centre, The British Museum,  London WC1

Palmyra in History and Tradition - A Memorial Lecture for Iain Browning, 1934-2008

By Paul Roberts, Department of Greece and Rome, The British Museum

The oasis city of Palmyra, in the Syrian Desert, dominated one of the important trade routes that brought silk, spices and other luxury items from the East. Its wealth and power grew so great during the period of the Roman Empire that Palmyra, under its warrior queen, Zenobia, challenged Rome itself for control of the east. This lecture looks at the history of Palmyra’s meteoric rise and dramatic fall against the backdrop of its stunning monuments, and considers the enduring influence of this fabulous desert city.

The lecture will be preceded by an appreciation of Ian Browning by his long-standing friend and colleague, Peter Parr. Iain Browning was a highly regarded writer on the classical cities of the Near East. His books on Palmyra, Petra and Jerash and the Decapolis, illustrated with his own beautiful reconstruction drawings and photographs, are standard works, notable both for their scholarly reliability and their accessible and readable text.

The lecture will be followed by an informal reception.

Admission is free, although booking is required

To book and for more information contact:

Angela Smith, Department of the Middle East, The British Museum, Great Russell Street,  London WC1B 3DG, Telephone: +44 (0)20 7323 8315

e-mail: asmith@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Browning Memorial Lecture flyer.pdf

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