Letters from Baghdad

A Visit to Babylon

Gertrude Bell returns to the archaeological site of Babylon in 1918 to advise High Commissioner Sir Percy Cox on how to preserve antiquities and cease illicit digging of the area. She reminisces about her earlier trip to the site before World War I.

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    "Letters from Baghdad" is the story of a true original, Gertrude Bell, sometimes called the female “Lawrence of Arabia.” More influential and famous in her day than her colleague Lawrence, Bell was an explorer, spy, archaeologist and diplomat who helped shape the Middle East after World War I and established the Iraq Museum, infamously ransacked in 2003.

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