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Ancient Worlds - BBC Two
Episode 6 “City of Man, City of God”
Palmyra, an important ancient city located in an oasis northeast of Damascus, was made part of the Roman province of Syria during the reign of Tiberius.
Outside the ancient walls, in the desert, the Palmyrenes constructed a series of large-scale funerary monuments which now form the so-called Valley of the Tombs, with a series of large, richly decorated structures. Some tombs were below ground. Human busts in high relief represented the “personality” or “soul” of the person interred and formed part of the wall decoration inside the tomb chamber.