Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Art & Art History

Advisor/Committee Chair

Rachel Dressler


In 1932, the discovery of the Synagogue of Dura Europos in Syria presented a turning point in the study of art, architecture, and Art History in general. The reason behind the turning point was the fact that this discovery yielded the first ever examples of Jewish art and architecture. Within the Synagogue were fresco panels telling stories from the Hebrew bible. The report of this discovery was felt throughout the entire Art History world not only at this point in time, but in the modern day as well. In addition to the continued discussion surrounding the frescoes, their legitimacy as examples of Jewish art and architecture continue to be a relevant topic. Furthermore, the chronicle of Dura Europos is an important subject in relation to this study. The city’s history up to the creation of the Synagogue, its destruction, and rediscovery are also important in understanding the overall discovery of Synagogue as well.