The domestic area of the city developed around its religious centre.
Like the actual temenos walls, the impressive fortification walls around the city date to the first half of the second century.
The city and its finds survived the war and the unstable situation that followed miraculously well.
But unfortunately, Hatra’s good luck has come to an end now.
Thus, in order to control the region, the Parthian kings simply allied themselves with the Hatrene rulers.
The predominantly religious character of finds from Hatra is striking and suggests the city functioned as the religious and political centre of the population of the eastern Jazirah; a kind of pre-Islamic Mecca.
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