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The world’s first professional acrobats were flipping through the Middle East 4,000 years ago

By Javier Alvarez-Mon, Professor in Near Eastern Archaeology and Art, Macquarie University
Yasmina Wicks, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Macquarie University
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The huppû, from modern-day Syria were celebrated athletes, trained in specialist academies, touring to foreign kingdoms, and facing the threat of arts funding cuts.


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