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Man walking in a Syrian ruin at sunset. Seems this image could have been taken in the seventh century, no?

Man walking in a Syrian ruin at sunset. Seems this image could have been taken in the seventh century, no?

Ghadamès is one of the oldest habitable medinas in the Sahara, in Syria and it is made almost entirely out of mud. It was built in the seventh century

Ghadamès is one of the oldest habitable medinas in the Sahara, in Syria and it is made almost entirely out of mud. It was built in the seventh century

Vox.com/***CALIPHATE-- 9 questions about the ISIS Caliphate you were too embarrassed to ask

9 questions about the caliphate in Iraq and Syria

Vox.com/***CALIPHATE-- 9 questions about the ISIS Caliphate you were too embarrassed to ask

Winged Sphinx Inlay. Ivory.  H. 19 cm W. 15 cm. Neo-Assyrian Period, 8th-7th centuries BCE. Nimrud (ancient Kalhu), Iraq. Baghdad Museum, Iraq Nr. 61882.

Winged Sphinx Inlay. Ivory. H. 19 cm W. 15 cm. Neo-Assyrian Period, 8th-7th centuries BCE. Nimrud (ancient Kalhu), Iraq. Baghdad Museum, Iraq Nr. 61882.

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it. -If it loses its grip on its territory in Syria and Iraq, it will cease to be a caliphate.

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it. -If it loses its grip on its territory in Syria and Iraq, it will cease to be a caliphate.

Sutton Hoo in East Anglia is one of the most important archaeological sites in England. The weapons, clothing and other objects buried in the Anglo-Saxon cemeteries show that trade networks in the 6th and 7th century reached as far away as Europe and Asia. Now new research conducted at the British Museum and University of Aberdeen reveals that trading even resulted in a solid form of oil known as bitumen making its way all the way to England from what is now Syria.

Sutton Hoo in East Anglia is one of the most important archaeological sites in England. The weapons, clothing and other objects buried in the Anglo-Saxon cemeteries show that trade networks in the 6th and 7th century reached as far away as Europe and Asia. Now new research conducted at the British Museum and University of Aberdeen reveals that trading even resulted in a solid form of oil known as bitumen making its way all the way to England from what is now Syria.

https://flic.kr/p/s9n9wS | The Battle of Nineveh 627-AD | In the Early 7th century the fortunes of the Byzantine Empire were at a low ebb. The Sassanid Persian armies of King Chosroes II had conquered Egypt, Syria, Armenia, and Anatolia, and were camped outside of Constantinople. Emperor Heraclius resolved on a counteroffensive, and in 622 he sailed with an army to the north cost of Asia Minor.In a series of campaigns over the following years he harassed the Persians, building up his army's…

https://flic.kr/p/s9n9wS | The Battle of Nineveh 627-AD | In the Early 7th century the fortunes of the Byzantine Empire were at a low ebb. The Sassanid Persian armies of King Chosroes II had conquered Egypt, Syria, Armenia, and Anatolia, and were camped outside of Constantinople. Emperor Heraclius resolved on a counteroffensive, and in 622 he sailed with an army to the north cost of Asia Minor.In a series of campaigns over the following years he harassed the Persians, building up his army's…

photo of Syria, north of Aleppo, Saint Simeon (Qalaat Samaan), ruins of an orthodox church, monastery and basilica of the 7th century built by the Byzantine emperor. It is said that St.Simeon has spent 36 years on top of a pillar in the hope to get his monastery

photo of Syria, north of Aleppo, Saint Simeon (Qalaat Samaan), ruins of an orthodox church, monastery and basilica of the 7th century built by the Byzantine emperor. It is said that St.Simeon has spent 36 years on top of a pillar in the hope to get his monastery

The octagonal Mamluk minaret built in 1427 at the Great Mosque of Hama, Syria founded in the 7th century. Photo taken before 1982 war destroyed the minaret (now restored).

The octagonal Mamluk minaret built in 1427 at the Great Mosque of Hama, Syria founded in the 7th century. Photo taken before 1982 war destroyed the minaret (now restored).

ancientart: “Fresco from Til Barsip (Tell Ahmar), Syria, 8th-7th centuries BC. Courtesy of & currently located at the Louvre, France. Photos taken by Richard Mortel (edited). ”

ancientart: “Fresco from Til Barsip (Tell Ahmar), Syria, 8th-7th centuries BC. Courtesy of & currently located at the Louvre, France. Photos taken by Richard Mortel (edited). ”

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