Whenever I go back to the boxes of slides from my two trips to Syria, in 1972 and 1996, and look at the archeological wonders, I inevitably ask myself: Is this still standing. Sadly, the answer is usually "no." Years of civil war and looting have left the ancient capital of Apamea with a similar fate as the more famous ruins of Palmyra,

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