Deir Mar Musa; exterior | 11th -13th century |Damascus | Photographer: James J. O'Donnell

Deir Mar Musa; exterior | 11th -13th century | Damascus | Photographer: James J. O’Donnell

Artstor and Georgetown University’s James J. O’Donnell are collaborating to share 21 images of Deir Mar Musa, a monastic compound north of Damascus, in the Digital Library.

Deir Mar Musa began as a Byzantine watchtower, served as a medieval hermitage and modern monastery, fell into disrepair and neglect, and was then brought back to life a few years ago as a monastic community and place for Christian and Muslim Syrians to meet in mutual respect. O’Donnell’s photographs document the site and its murals, which date ca. 11th-13th centuries.

James J. O’Donnell is University Professor at Georgetown University. He has published widely on the history and culture of the late antique Mediterranean world and is a recognized innovator in the application of networked information technology in higher education. He has served as a Director, as Vice President for Publications, and as President of the American Philological Association; he has also served as a Councillor of the Medieval Academy of America and has been elected a Fellow of the Medieval Academy. He serves as Chair of the Board of the American Council of Learned Societies.

View the collection here.

For more information, visit the James J. O’Donnell: Deir Mar Musa, Syria page in Artstor.

You may also be interested in Professor O’Donnell’s essay: From Byzantine watchtower to monastic compound

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