The hidden Jewish history of Palmyra

Sunday 12 March 2017, 7.30 pm.  The Stiebel, 10 a Canfield Gardens, London NW6. As the Syrian civil war has raged, the ancient city of Palmyra has been in the news after Islamic state reportedly blew it up, lost it, and regained control of it once more. Little attention has been paid to Palmyra’s Jewish history and in particular the early attempts of Julius Euting to document it in 1883.

Join Adam Blitz as he discusses the Jewish legacy of Palmyra: the UNESCO World Heritage site located in the Syrian desert at the crossroads of the Hellenistic, Roman and Parthian empires.

With a montage of video footage, slides, maps and architectural plans this talk seeks to locate Palmyra’s Jewish past within its archaeological – and increasing political – setting.

Adam Blitz is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, London and a former Fulbright scholar. A member of PEN International, he has published in scholarly publications and Ha’aretz, Jerusalem Post, Aeon Magazine and The Times of Israel.

Tickets £10. To book ring or email Spiro Ark ( Tel 020 7794 4655 /education@spiroark.org ) or HARIF (07506033848 /info@harif.org)