By Ross Burns
Published February 15th 2007 by Routledge – 386 pages
Series: Cities of the Ancient World
Lavishly illustrated with beautiful photographs and original plans, Damascus provides for the first time in English a compelling and unique exploration of a fascinating city.
Damascus traces the story of this colourful, significant and complex city through its physical development, from its obscure origins in the Bronze Age through the changing cavalcade of Aramaean, Persian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Turkish and French rulers right up to the end of Ottoman control in 1918.
Examining how every layer of history in Damascus has built precisely on top of its predecessors for at least three millennia, this book looks at the detailed, and largely untouched archaeological record of one of the oldest continuously inhabited capitals in the world.
1. The Emergence of Damascus: 9000–1100 BC 2. Dimashqu: Damascus from the Aramaeans to the Persians: 1000–532 BC 3. A Greater Game: Assyrians, Persians, Greeks: 732–300 BC 4. The Sowing of Hellenism: Ptolemies and Seleucids: 30–64 BC 5. Pax Romana: 64 BC–AD 30 6. Metropolis Romana: AD 3–268 7. Holding the Line: AD 269–610 8. 'Farewell, Oh Syria': 611–750 9. The Umayyads: 661–750 Part 2. Foreword: When did the Ancient End? 10. Decline, Confusion and Irrelevance: 750–1008 11. Islam Resurgent: 1098–1174 12. Saladin and the Ayyubids: 1174–1250 13. Mamluks: 1260–1515 14. The Ottoman Centuries: 1516–1840 15. Reform and Reaction: 1840–1918