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Shooting Star of Palmyra

Nathanael Andrade

22 October 2021

ISBN: 9780197610817

304 pages

In Stock

Price: £16.99


Hailing from the Syrian city of Palmyra, a woman named Zenobia (also Bathzabbai) governed territory in the eastern Roman empire from 268 to 272. She thus became the most famous Palmyrene who ever lived. This book situates Zenobia in the social, economic, cultural, and material context of her Palmyra.

  • Implements a new approach to understanding Zenobia's life experiences
  • Situates Zenobia within the social context of Palmyra and the gender practices of the city
  • Considers Zenobia's legacy in relation to the Syrian civil war

About the Author(s)

Nathanael Andrade, Associate Professor, Binghamton University

Nathanael Andrade is Associate Professor in History at Binghamton University. He received his PhD in Greek and Roman history from the University of Michigan and has published extensively on the Roman and later Roman Near East along with other topics. He is the author of Syrian Identity in the Greco-Roman World (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and The Journey of Christianity to India in Late Antiquity: Networks and the Movement of Culture (Cambridge University Press, at press). He is now an associate professor in the Department of History at Binghamton University.

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1: Zenobia's Likenesses
    Chapter 2: Urban Landscape
    Chapter 3: Social Landscape
    Chapter 4: Social World
    Chapter 5: Coming of Age
    Chapter 6: Marital Household
    Chapter 7: Widowhood
    Chapter 8: Dynasty
    Chapter 9: Civil War
    Chapter 10: Legacy and Likenesses


"Of far greater consequence, especially for the educated public, are the appendices and bibliography: the destruction of monuments, the nature of Palmyrene Aramaic, original language version of inscriptions detailing Zenobia's household (Aramaic in transliteration). These and the bibliography illustrate the multinational and lengthy careers [of] those building upon intelligent assumptions in the recreation of an ancient site." - Michael Weiskopf, Berkeley, CA, Ancient West & East

"Andrade has done a worthwhile job of collecting physical and literary evidence that will interest scholars of ancient history." - J.A.S. Evans, CHOICE

"interesting and informative - in particular for an undergraduate course on gender history" - James Corke-Webster, Kings College London, Greece & Rome

"Admirable and well-articulated ... Andrade's book, intended both for the specialist and the educated reader in general, analyses each of these events with objectivity and rigour, and presents a highly fitting approximation to the attractive figure of this singular woman. We should congratulate ourselves on its publication and congratulate the author on his work." - Gustavo A. Vivas Garcia, Bryn Mawr Classical Review