Hatra

Hatra, founded by the Greek Seleucids in the 3rd-2nd centuries BC, became a major city of the mighty Parthian Empire, Rome’s greatest and most fierce nemesis.

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In 116/117, the heavily fortified city of Hatra and her residents resisted a siege by Trajan’s forces during the last campaign of Trajan’s life, his war against the Parthians. This violent and ultimately unsuccessful campaign, including the ill-fated attack on Hatra, will be the focus of Book 5 in the Dominus series.

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In 241 AD, Hatra finally succumbed to the king of the Sassasians, Shapur I. This week there are reports that the remains and artifacts of Hatra have been destroyed and/or stolen. Explosions were heard in the area of the site, now under the ‘protection’ of UNESCO. Farewell, Hatra! Your bravery and strength will not be forgotten. 😦

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For more on the current destruction of Hatra and other sites in Iraq & Syria, see http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-31779484

JPK

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