Week Three Lab

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The Temple of Baalshamin was an ancient temple in the city of Palmyra, Syria, dedicated to the Canaanite sky deity Baalshamin. The temple's earliest phase dates to the late 2nd century BC.[1] It was rebuilt in 131 AD, while the altar before the temple is dated to 115 AD.[2] With the advent of Christianity in the 5th century AD, the temple was converted to a church.[3] Uncovered by Swiss archaeologists in 1954–56, the temple was one of the most complete ancient structures in Palmyra.[3] In 1980, the structure was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In 2015, the Temple of Baalshamin was demolished by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) after the capture of Palmyra during the Syrian Civil War.

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The temple was originally a part of an extensive precinct of three courtyards, and represented a fusion of ancient Syrian and Roman architectural styles. The temple's proportions and the capitals of its columns were Roman in inspiration, while the elements above the architrave and the side windows followed the Syrian tradition. The highly stylized acanthus patterns of the Corinthian orders also indicated an Egyptian influence.[3] The temple had a six-column pronaos with traces of corbels and an interior which was modelled on the classical cella. The side walls were decorated with pilasters.

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An inscription in Greek and Palmyrene on the column bracket that supported the bust of the temple's benefactor, Male Agrippa, attested that the temple was built in 131 AD.[4] The inscription was dedicated by the Senate of Palmyra to honor Male Agrippa for building the temple, and the temple itself was dedicated to Baalshamin, the Semitic god of the heavens, to commemorate the Roman Emperor Hadrian's visit to Palmyra around 129 AD.[5] The inscription read as follows:

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"The Senate and the people have made this statue to Male Agrippa, son of Yarhai, son of Lishamsh Raai, who, being secretary for a second time when the divine Hadrian came here, gave oil to the citizens, and to the troops and the strangers that came with him, taking care of their encampment. And he built the temple, the vestibule, and the entire decoration, at his own expense, to Baal Shamin and Durahlun".

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Parts of the temple were damaged to some extent by bombings in 2013, during the Syrian Civil War.[6] The southeastern corner of the temple wall was damaged further by looters who made two openings to steal the furniture of the adjacent guesthouse.

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