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The rise, fall, rediscovery and eventual desecration of this ancient Syrian city.
Palmyra, an ancient city in Syria, arose on a trade route that brought silk, spices and other luxuries across the desert from the east. Her people - wealthy, sophistcated and cosmopolitan - are preserved in their hauntingly beautiful grave portraits. Discover Palmyra's meteoric rise and its dramatic fall, its rediscovery by English lords and its desecration by Isis. There is however, hope that beautiful Palmyra will rise again.
Dr Paul Roberts is the newly appointed Sackler Keeper of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University. From 1994 to 2014 he was Senior Roman Curator in the Department of Greece and Rome at the British Museum, where he was the driving force behind the major exhibition Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum. At the Ashmolean he worked on an exhibition for 2016 Storms, War and Shipwrecks: Sicily and the Sea- telling the history of Sicily through shipwreck finds around the island. He studied at the Universities of Cambridge, Sheffield and Oxford and lived in Italy for several years, in Milan, Rome and Naples. He has excavated in Britain, Greece, Libya, Turkey and in particular Italy, where he directs excavations in the Sabine hills near Rome. His research focuses on the day-to-day lives of ordinary people in the Greek and Roman worlds. He has accompanied tours to Sicily, the Bay of Naples and Rome and has written books on Roman daily life, Roman Emperors, mummy portraits and Roman glass. He is currently writing a walking tour of Ancient Rome.