On The Road

The colonnaded street at Apamea, Syria. Photo: TMK, October 2008. I’m off to the Middle East tomorrow for some final dissertation travel. Meanwhile, here are some photos of the colonnaded street at Apamea. The colonnaded street at Apamea, Syria. Photo: TMK, October 2008. The colonnaded street at Apamea, Syria. Photo: TMK, October 2008. The colonnaded […]

Theodoret’s Digs

Here’s some photos from Theodoret’s hometown of Cyrrhus in northern Syria. Theodoret was famously outspoken on the ‘errors’ of pagan gods. In his Ellenikon Therapeutike Pathematon (“Remedy for Greek [i.e. pagan] Maladies”), he condemned representations of Venus as “more shameless than that of any prostitute standing in front of a brothel” (3.79) and caricatured Dionysos […]

The ‘Modern’ Ruins of Bosra

The ‘basalt city’ of Bosra is best known from its wonderfully well-preserved Roman theatre. However, the city is not only rich in ancient ruins. Large parts of the ‘modern’ city that was built reusing bits and pieces of ancient buildings as well as utilising the Roman street grid have themselves been abandoned. This makes for […]

Tricastin and the Visual Culture of French Street Activism

Parts of the Rhône valley were this year marred by a small-scale environmental scare when in July uranium was accidentally released from the Tricastin nuclear power plant, a notable feature on the A7. This is, of couse, a serious matter with both political and environmental implications. However, what caught my eye and will be focus […]