"The World Between Empires" by Blair Fowlkes-Childs

The World Between Empires Art and Identity in the Ancient Middle East Blair Fowlkes-Childs, Michael Seymour

Publication date:
26 Mar 2019
Metropolitan Museum of Art
368 pages: 279 x 241mm
370 color illus.

Emerging as an urgent response to the destruction of cultural heritage in Iraq, Syria, and Iran, this publication examines the art and architecture of regions that served as major trade routes between the Roman and Parthian Empires from 100 B.C. to A.D. 250. The book examines the cultural histories of Timna, Petra, Baalbek, Palmyra, Dura-Europos, and Hatra together for the first time, capturing the intricate web of influence that emerged in the Ancient Middle East through the exchange of goods and ideas across the region. Works illustrated and discussed include statues, coins, reliefs, architectural elements and friezes, painted tiles and wall fragments, jewelry, textiles, and more. The World Between Empires is the definitive book on this subject, preserving what has been lost to time or violence, and contextualizing the significance of these works on a local and global scale.

Blair Fowlkes-Childs is research associate and Michael Seymour is assistant curator, both in the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.