An oasis in the Syrian desert, north-east of Damascus, Palmyra contains the monumental ruins of a great city that was one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world. From the 1st to the 2nd century, the art and architecture of Palmyra, standing at the crossroads of several civilizations, married Graeco-Roman techniques with local traditions and Persian influences.

One important fact about Palmyra was that it was once ruled by a woman, “Queen Zenobia”. She died after 274, after ruling from 267 or 268 to 272. She conquered several of Rome’s eastern provinces before she was subjugated by the emperor Aurelian (ruled 270–275). [more]

The images in this slideshow were taken with film (before digital cameras became popular), which is why they’re a bit grainy.

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When: July 1998


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