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Blood in the Dust, Death in the Dark 

When: Wed., Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. 2016
Price: free admission
Dura-Europos, a Roman city in what is now Syria, existed for a little more than 550 years. Founded circa BC 300, the city grew to house an estimated 5,000 people at its height. Among them were Romans, Christians, ethnic Macedonians, Jews. All of this is known because of how the city was originally destroyed. Sassanid Persians besieged the city in AD 256, mining under its walls and tower in an attempt to breach the Romans' defenses. The Romans filled many buildings on the perimeter with earth and buttressed the outer walls with more dirt and mud bricks. This preserved them for the next 1600 years, so that upon Dura-Europos' rediscovery, archaeologists found the beautifully painted walls of a synagogue, more than 100 parchment scraps and temples to various gods. Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Professor Simon James of the University of Leicester presents a lecture titled "Blood in the Dust, Death in the Dark: Combat and Chemical Warfare at Roman Dura-Europos, Syria." The talk takes place at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; Admission is free.
— Paul Friswold


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