Dura-Europos (also Doura-Europos or Dura-Europus) was a fortress city originally founded in 303 BC on the bank of the Euphrates River (in what is now known as Syria) and captured by the Romans in 165 AD. Its geographical location at the crossroad of different empires allowed for a broad mingling of cultures and traditions. It remained in Roman hands for almost a century before it was conquered by the Persian Sassanids in 256-257 AD. After its conquest and the deportation of its entire population, the city was abandoned and eventually completely disappeared under layers of sand. Rediscovered by chance in the 1920's, it became an incredibly important archaeological site from which a plethora of finds, protected by the desert's sands for centuries, have been unearthed over the years – from buildings to frescoes, to various artefacts and even human remains of Sasanian and Roman soldiers.More information
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