In the aftermath of Egypt’s 2011 revolution and resulting political turmoil, the nation’s treasured antiquities have been increasingly under threat of looting, vandalism and violence. In our series Culture at Risk, Jeffrey Brown examines the emergency facing Egypt’s rich archaeological heritage and one scholar’s efforts to publicize the problem. Continue reading
The city of Timbuktu has suffered extensive damage at the hands of Islamic rebels, including destruction of ancient manuscripts and other artifacts. We get background from special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro, who traveled there 10 years ago, and Jeffrey Brown talks to Mary Jane Deeb of the Library of Congress. Continue reading
An expanded detective story based on a series of reports from the Los Angeles Times, ‘Chasing Aphrodite’ looks at the relationship between museums and looted treasures. Continue reading
It’s one of the great landmarks of history: the Parthenon in Athens, constructed in the 5th century BC. It stands as the symbol of the cultural and political heights reached by the classical world.