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SyriaCultural History The modern state of Syria was not established until 1946 after the Second World War but it is a land which has been inhabited since ancient times Archaeologists have unearthed evidence of habitation dating back to about 5000BC and Damascus is probably the worlds oldest continuously inhabited city Greater Syria a land area incorporating Lebanon Israel Jordan and present-day Syria was the site of much conflict and conquest throughout the days of the Ancient World This conflict has continued throughout the Middle Ages and into modern times The Egyptians Babylonians Hittites have successively ruled ancient Syria Chaldeans and Persians It became part of Alexander the Greats empire in 333BC when one Alexanders generals founded the city of Antioch as its capital Struggles between the Seleucids and the Ptolemies of Egypt followed until 64BC when Syria became a province of the Roman Empire Following the decline and collapse of the Romans and the division of the empire in the 4th century AD Syria became a Byzantine province and remained so for almost two and a half centuriesCultural Identity Syrian Arab Republic Principal cities include DAMASCUS the capital and ALEPPO Most Syrians are Arabic-speaking Muslims mainly Sunnite with significant Alawite and Druse minorities there are also Kurds Armenians and CrictinsAbout 10 of the People are Christian mainly orthodox Arabic is the official languagePower distance Syrias government has a lot of power with in Comparing to other countries Syria has no power because its considers poor society There are two class systems its either poor or rich which would be working with the government Syria does not have any kind of programs that would take care of the unweallthy family the only choice they have is to go to mosques and beg for food Unemployment is very high and it keeps on going higher for the poor level Other Arabic countries come to Syria
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