Nineveh, Antioch-on-the-Orontes, and Lepcis Magna: Three Ancient Cities to Rival London, Paris, and New York

It can be difficult to imagine that the antiquities in museums were once a part of vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. Introduction London, Paris and New York are global cities: modern hubs for travel, technology and trade, their names and images echo around the globe, capturing our imaginations with their distinctive histories, famous residents and iconic[…]

Ancient Antioch and the Tetrapolis of the Seleucid Empire

This tetrapolis (“land of four cities”) was to remain the core of the Seleucid Empire. Antioch was probably founded in 307 BCE as Antigoneia by one of the successors of the Macedonian conqueror Alexander the Great, Antigonus Monophthalmus. The details are unclear, but we know of the existence of this earlier city, and we know it was more ore less in[…]