Dura Europos Syria

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This important archaeological site in eastern Syria has been called the "Pompeii of the Desert." Abandoned and filled with sand following a siege in 256, the ancient city contains the oldest surviving house-church and synagogue ever found.

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Tal al Hariri
34.747907° N, 40.728636° E

References & Resources

  1. Edge of Empires: Pagans, Jews, and Christians at Roman Dura-Europos
  2. Dura-Europos: Crossroads of Antiquity
  3. The Discovery of Dura-Europos
  4. Excavations at Dura-Europos conducted by Yale University and the French Academy of Inscriptions and
  5. My Dura-Europos: The Letters of Susan M. Hopkins, 1927-1935
  6. The Synagogue
  7. The Frescoes of the Dura Synagogue and Christian Art
  8. Excavations at Dura Europos: Final Report VII: Arms and Armour and other Military Equipment

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Dura Europos (Syria)
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April 11, 2015