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“Dura-Europos, too, was situated in a far-flung, desolately picturesque spot: at the edge of the Syrian desert near Iraq on a long-abandoned plateau abutting the Euphrates.”
“The splendidly informative "Dura-Europos" show at the Boston College McMullen Museum touches on many such matters with dexterity—but it also lets us enjoy the old-fashioned delights of peering across the millennia in wonder.”
“Rather, the treasures of Dura-Europos lay in the remnants of the city's dwellings and décor.”
“In its day, the excavation of Dura-Europos between 1928 and 1937 caused a huge splash, comparable in headline coverage with the likes of Machu Picchu and King Tut's tomb.”
“Between the World Wars, the revelations of Dura-Europos were valued largely as contributions to the history of art, illuminating the bridge between Classical and Renaissance aesthetics.”
“They focus on the successful cross-pollination of cultures at Dura-Europos, how Greek, Jewish, Parthian, Roman and Christian cultures synthesized and abided in harmony.”
“In the third-century synagogue at Dura-Europos, the divine hand is clearly visible in the depiction of Ezekiel's vision, and the signs of the Zodiac appear on the floor of the Byzantine Beit Alfa Synagogue.”
“The Wischnitzer family left Nazi Germany in the spring of 1938 and resided in Paris temporarily, where Rachel Wischnitzer took a course with Comte Robert du Mesnil du Buisson, excavator of the Dura-Europos synagogue (built a.d. 244 – 245) in Syria, an educational experience that significantly influenced the rest of her career.”
“Shafiq AbouzaydI don't have time to work on it in short term as a paper for this conference, but at some point I would love to explore the evidence from Dura-Europos and other synagogues as background to the Mandaean identification of Adonai with Shemesh, the sun, as well as other planetary and zodiacal connections.”
“The attack occurred around A.D. 256, when soldiers from the Persian Sassanid Empire invaded Dura-Europos, a highly coveted city on the Euphrates River that had previously been conquered by the Romans.”
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