A lead curse-tablet, unearthed in 1929, highlights the competitive nature of chariot-racing in Roman Beirut. Just how does one go about casting a spell on an enemy? … More Ancient Magic Part II: Of Spells & Curses
In the late 5th c. AD, a group of students from the Roman School of Law in Beirut adopted the practice of black magic. Late at night in the streets of Beirut, they set on enacting a gruesome act. … More Ancient Magic – Part 1: Students Run Amok!
Archaeology and urban development – a sensitive, and at many times, a contentious topic. Many debates have been had in modern cities across the world on what to preserve and what to remove to make way for new infrastructure. These sorts of discussions are rendered even more challenging in cities like Beirut that have been … More Discover Beirut – Part II: Hidden Gems
Beirut is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the Middle East, and archaeological excavations have over the years uncovered remains dating to various periods of its occupation. The ancient city of Beirut was restricted mainly to the current downtown area. Although some historical remains had been exposed earlier, the most significant archaeological work in … More Discover Beirut – Part I: Visible Archaeology
Beirut is reeling from a massive blast that hit its port. Lebanon is struggling from years of mismanagement and corruption. The country is on the verge of collapse and at an important crossroads. Decisions made during this period will ultimately determine its future. Only time will tell what type of tomorrow awaits Beirut and Lebanon. But one thing’s for sure – by ignoring the past, a better future cannot be built. … More Wounds of Beirut