Understanding Palmyra


Why do we care so much about these ruins, while paying so little attention to the more recent past or present of Syria? Perhaps because we can assimilate these classical remains to our own past.

At Hyperallergic, Michael Press explores the Anglophone world’s relationship with the ancient city of Palmyra in present-day Syria, providing a detailed history of the West’s interactions and writing on Palmyra starting from the 17th century.

Michelle Vider is a writer based in Philadelphia. Her work has appeared/is forthcoming in The Toast, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Atlas and Alice, Baldhip Magazine, and others. Find her at michellevider.com or @meanchelled. More from this author →