Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra

Queen Zenobia's Last Look Upon Palmyra by Herbert Gustave Schmalz.

from wikipedia

Zenobia (240 – c. 274) was a 3rd-century Queen of the Palmyrene Empire in Roman Syria. She led a famous revolt against the Roman Empire. The second wife of King Septimius Odaenathus, Zenobia became queen of the Palmyrene Empire following Odaenathus’ death in 267. By 269, Zenobia had expanded the empire, conquering Egypt and expelling the Roman prefect, Tenagino Probus, who was beheaded after he led an attempt to recapture the territory. She ruled over Egypt until 274, when she was defeated and taken as a hostage to Rome by Emperor Aurelian.

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8 thoughts on “Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra


    • My favorite is the scene when the cowboys are sitting around the camp fire, eating beans. The first time I saw Blazing Saddles was in a film class and when that scene came up, I was the only person in the room laughing outloud. Naturally, I was getting plenty of odd looks, but I just kept laughing because there’s almost nothing funnier than a fart scene. And yes, in case you were wondering, I do have a ten year-old boy trapped in my psyche somewhere.

      Here’s a bit about the real Hedy Lamarr and Blazing Saddles.

      Also, Hedy invented (with George Antheil) frequency hopping and spread spectrum communications. I think I’m going to rename my wi-fi network in honor of her.

      • Everyone else in that class must have been brain dead. No other possible explanation for their failure to laugh.
        And Hedy Lamarr an inventor. That deserves to be better known.

  2. IN the tradition of Hedley Lamarr I can hear Herr Schalz wailing “Nein T! Nein T!”

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