Friday, August 25


Queen Zenobia

Widow of Palmyra's ruler Adainat, Zenobia, in A.D. 271, took advantage of a Rome's temporary inattention to send her generals on a campaign of conquest that for a time incorporated the whole of the Middle East, from Egypt to Anatolia (Turkey) under her rule. She consciously modeled herself on Cleopatra and claimed to be a descendant. Her rule, though it ended in military defeat by Rome, was noted for tolerance and for fostering a wide-ranging trade with Abyssinia, Arabia, and India. Zenobia not only sent forth her generals, she often rode with them on camel or horseback. When eventually cornered, she successfully talked her way out of the situation and lived to become a celebrity in Rome.

Why isn't this a movie/book?

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