It is not an understatement to say that this is a difficult time to study the archaeology of northern Syria, Iraq, and eastern Turkey. Political and military turmoil, and the ensuing humanitarian crisis that has dislocated millions, have made the region difficult to traverse and study as a contemporary space, let alone to reflect upon its ancient history and material culture. In this volume, Palermo has developed a synthesis of our previous knowledge of North Mesopotamia, drawn from excavations, aerial photography, and the literary record, to present all that is known about a traditionally under-studied era: the Roman imperial interventions of the 2nd to 4th centuries CE. Though the work is explicit and frank about its limitations, especially the equivocal and sparse evidence available and the preliminary nature of much of the archaeological data, Palermo offers a...

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