“The expression of power and of sacred practice into the physical and mercurial form of these glorious temples [in Baalbek] … is too big and too heavy to be human,” Vali Mahlouji, curator of the iconoclastic exhibition “Baalbek: Archives of an Eternity,” told Al-Monitor. “As grand as [Baalbek’s temples] are, they suppress 7,000 years before it […]
Artists and literary figures of the 19th century painted a mainly Romantic picture of the Levant, as the watercolors of the Scottish painter David Roberts or Travels in the Orient by Alphonse di Lamartine bear out. But it really does exist, this legendary region between sea, mountains and desert, characterized by specific landscapes, kinds of people, vegetation and cultures.
Authors: Pierre-Louis Gatier, et al.
From the Levant: History and Archaeology in the Eastern Mediterranean
Diversity and flexibility were the essence of Levantine cities. They could be escapes from the prisons of nationality and religion. In these cities between worlds, people switched identities as easily as they switched languages.
Author: Philip Mansel
Levant: Splendour and Catastrophe on the Mediterranean