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Androna

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Alternate name  Al-Andarin
Excavation dates  1905 - ongoing
Location  Syria
Region  Aleppo Governorate
Androna
Archaeologists  H.C. Butler (1905) R. Mouterde, A. Poidebard (1930) Marges Arides Syrian Department of Antiquities director Dr. R. Ugdeh University of Heidelberg director Prof. C. Strube University of Oxford director Dr. Marlia Mango

Androna, also known as al-Andarin is a Byzantine site spread over a vast area at the edges of the semi-desert, about 25 kilometers beyond the more well-known Byzantine site of Qasr Ibn Wardan.

History

Androna was built as a defense line against nomadic skirmishes in the Syrian Desert. The fortified city contains many churches, palaces and baths; and was famous for its vineyards and high-quality wine in which it was mentioned by Amr ibn Kulthum in his ode.

The following is the opening verse of his ode:

References

Androna Wikipedia


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