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Margaret Cool Root, Ph.D. is professor of Near Eastern and Classical Art and Archaeology, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Root presented a lecture at the Toledo Museum of Art. The lecture was titled, Ancient Seleucia on the Tigris. Seleucia-on-the-Tigris (between modern Baghdad and ancient Babylon) became the capital of a powerful Hellenistic kingdom in 312 BC, following the death of Alexander the Great. It was a key player on the world stage for 500 years, through much of the Roman Empire. American excavations in the 1920s and 30s revealed marvelous vestiges of the site, from it glorious heyday to its decline.