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Pearl of the Desert: A History of Palmyra

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Pearl of the Desert: A History of Palmyra

Pearl of the Desert: A History of Palmyra
English | 2022 | ISBN: 0190852224 | 270 Pages | PDF | 48 MB

Palmyra has long attracted the attention of the world. Well before its rediscovery in the seventeenth century, the ancient city gained legendary status because of its Queen Zenobia, who in the third century CE rebelled against Rome and expanded Palmyra's territory into what is now modern Turkey and Egypt. Even though Zenobia's empire was a fairly short interlude and the Romans struck back hard, devastating the city, her path to imperial power was one which tells us much about Palmyrene identity in the period before the defeat. While Zenobia has gained renewed interest among both scholars and the press, and while she has served as a political symbol for Syria's president Assad–a statue of her was recently erected in Damascus–the time leading up to her reign still remains underexplored.Â

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