James J. O'Donnell: Deir Mar Musa, Syria

Deir Mar Musa al-Habashi (Monastery of Saint Moses the Abyssinian) Scenes from the Last Judgement, detail. Site: 6th century; frescoes: 1054-1088 and to 1192. Image and data provided by James J. O'Donnell, Georgetown University

James J. O'Donnell, Georgetown University, has contributed 21 images of Deir Mar Musa, a monastic compound north of Damascus, to the Artstor 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  recently revived 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 to the 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 was also a Councillor of the Medieval Academy of America where he has been elected a Fellow. He served as Chair of the Board of the American Council of Learned Societies from 2013-2018.