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The aim of this international journal is to contribute to developing the study of the interpretation and understanding of the ancient cultures of Syria, remaining as open as possible to the different methodologies and problems that characterize present-day research. Thanks to the generous policy of international collaboration pursued by the cultural authorities of the Syrian Arab Republic, the increase in archaeological research in Syria, particularly from the 1970s on, opened up a series of new perspectives on the study of ancient Syria. The discovery of the Royal Archives of Ebla was decisive in this renaissance, as well as the role that Ebla played in establishing the very foundations of cultural development in ancient Syria. This project originates at a time of serious crisis for Syria, whose plight does not even spare the country’s magnificent, thousand-year-old cultural heritage. It is also intended as the strongest of hopes for a not-too-distant future of peace, prosperity, harmony and justice for the whole of the Syrian people.
From the contents (altogether about 6 contributions): A. Archi, The Royal Wedding at Ebla: Commemorative Rite and the Birth of the Crown Prince G.P. Campi, Kingship, Cosmos and the Cult of Ancestors at Ebla: Some New Perspectives M. Al-Maqdissi, E. Ishaq, Notes d'archéologie levantine LXVI. Tell Ghamqa-Enhydra dans la Perée d'Arados F. Pinnock, Ebla and Its Landscape: Adaptive Strategies and Changing Narratives between Early Bronze IVA and Middle Bronze II (ca. 2400–1600 BC) P. Matthiae, The Obelisk of Ishtar from Ebla: Kingship and the Great Goddess in the Old Syrian Artistic Culture