Spotlight Lecture

Palmyra – Friday 5 March

Friday 5 March


With Dr. Eireann Marshall

An important gateway linking the East and West, Palmyra grew wealthy on trade along the Silk Road. Ethnically diverse, including Aramaic, Arabic and Amorite peoples, Palymra reached its zenith in the late Third Century AD after their defeat of the Persian King Shapur I under Odaenathus and the accession of Zenobia, who famously proclaimed independence and set up the Palmyrene Empire.
At its height Palmyra had a population of 200,000 people who invested their wealth in its urban infrastructure, including its immense agora, its Temple of Bel and Baalshamin and a plethora of buildings which are distinctive not only in size but architecturally. Caught in the ongoing, tragic civil war, Palmyra was famously partially destroyed by ISIL forces who seriously damaged about 20-30% of the site, including the Temple of Baal and the Tetrapylon. While there are plans to restore the city, work can’t begin until the cessation of the war. Until then, Palmyra remains a city lost to the world.

Spotlight Lecture

Lasting 60 minutes plus a live Q&A session, our spotlight lecture offer a focussed study of aspects found in art, history and literature while combining our exclusive filming, advanced visual aids and the enthusiastic expertise of our lecturers.

Your Lecturer

Dr Eireann Marshall

Dr Eireann Marshall is a Research Associate and Associate Lecturer with the Open University. She has published a number of articles on Ancient North Africa, and co-edited volumes on 'Death and Disease in the Ancient City' and ‘Women’s influence on Classical Civilisation’. Eireann has led many tours for specialist tour operators, to Italy and North Africa. In 2019 she was awarded Wanderlust Magazine's Top History & Culture Guide at its World Guide Awards.

Event Details

Date: 5 March 2021

Start time: 06:00 p.m. GMT

End time: 07:00 p.m. GMT

Venue: Zoom Lecture


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