John Ma is Professor of Classics at Columbia University. His books include ‘Statues and Cities: Honorific Portraits and Civic Identity in the Hellenistic World’.

Relief with three Palmyrene gods (1st century), Bir Wereb, near Palmyra. Musée du Louvre, Paris.

A journey through the melting pots of the ancient Middle East

The Met shows how much cities between Rome and Parthia had in common – and how devastating recent archaeological losses are

10 Jun 2019

The art of power in ancient Pergamon

How did a minor Greek dynasty create one of the greatest sites of Hellenistic art?

12 Jul 2016