Temple of Bacchus – 1956

The Temple of Bacchus is one of the three temples at Baalbek Ruins in what is now Syria. While this temple is larger then Greece’s Parthenon it is much less well known. This is despite the fact that it’s one of the best preserved Romans temples in the world.

Temple of Bacchus

Vintage photo of a closeup of the Temple of Bacchus – 1956

Baachus was the Roman God of wine and intoxication. In Greek mythology, he was Dionysus. This temple was built after the Bacchanalia, orgies in honor of Baachus/Dionysus, were outlawed by the Roman senate in 186CE. In this picture we see a closeup of the unfluted Corinthian columns, a typical design on Roman temples.

The temple was made a World Heritage Site in 1984.

Damascus, Syria – 1952

It’s slides like this one of Damascus, Syria that make me wish I knew the history behind the photographer who took it. It’s one tantalizing picture out of dozens of that explore the history and art of Egypt. This photo was taken sometime in the 1950’s, likely 1952 based on the dates on other photos in the same collection. I wonder if the photographer took a huge Middle East trip to visit all the historic spots he could?

Even when this picture was taken, the city was old. It claims to be the longest continually inhabited city in the world. Carbon dating places inhabitants within the city walls as far back as 6300 BC, although there is evidence that people lived in the city as far back as 9000 BC. Yet at the time of this picture Syria would have been an independent country for only four years.

Damascus, Syria

Vintage photo of Damascus Syria from 1952 showing every day life in the streets of the city.

Unfortunately today Damascus, Syria is not exactly a place most people want to visit. A Civil War has been going on since 2011. As the capital city of Syria, Damascus has seen quite a bit of the fighting in this conflict.