Dura Europos

Findings at a desert site in eastern Syria shed light on pagan, Jewish and early Christian religions.

Painting on the wall of the synagogue. Photo by the author‘The habit of regarding history as beginning with Greece has become so fixed that it is not easily to be changed.’ Thus wrote the American archaeologist, James Henry Breasted, in 1916. It was Breasted who coined the phrase, ‘the Fertile Crescent’ to describe the great arc of land that stretches from Egypt around the shore of the eastern Mediterranean through Palestine and Syria and down to Mesopotamia, ‘between the rivers’ of the Tigris and Euphrates. 

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