Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra

I first learned about Zenobia when I read Gibbon's The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. More recently, the Zenobia's capital city, Palmyra, has been in the news as it has been seized by ISIS and threatened with destruction. 

Zenobia was one of the great female leaders of history and queen of a glorious, if short-lived, empire. She was the wife of King Septimius Odaenathus of the Palmyrene Empire. After his death in 267 A.D., Zenobia seized power. Ovr the next two years she expanded the empire, capturing Egypt and a large part od Anatolia (Turkey). Unfortunatley, her conquests gained the attention of the Roman Empire. William Ware’s classic, Zenobia: The Fall of Palmyra, examines the splendor of the ancient empire and the remarkable lady who made it a reality.

This book is now available in the Alacrity Press Amazon bookstore.

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