the forces of Isis destroyed the work of centuries.
And when they took the ancient trading city of Palmyra
where the cultures of Greeks, Romans, Persians,
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Arabs and Jews have mixed and merged,
it was feared that exactly the same would happen.
Here in Geneva,
a few Palmyrene artefacts have been saved -
stolen before the violence began,
arrested at customs as black marketeers tried to sell them.
Like this bust of a priest.
His eyes wide open, he seems not dead at all,
just translated to a life elsewhere.
These lovingly carved
likenesses of the dead looted from their tombs
ended up in exile, but safe for posterity.
Saving the art that remained in Palmyra, however,
could come at a terrible price.