The Middle East is the Cradle of Civilisation, and as such, its lands are strewn with the monumental and crumbling ruins of antiquity. Although silent, these mysterious edifices of the past have attracted folklore, myth, the attention of philosophers and poets, and – according to some – djinns and spirits, for millennia. This week we explore the place ruins and the past hold in the arts, poetry, and religious traditions of the Middle East.
*Please note - This lecture will now take place on 22 June not 29 June as previously advertised. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.