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Ancient Palmyra (Modern Tadmor)

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The Neolithic of the Levant (1978)
A.M.T. Moore (Oxford University)

Chapter 4: Neolithic 2 Palmyra (Pages 187-190)

Ancient Palmyra .....

Palmyra is an ancient oasis town that lies 155 kilometres east of Homs and 210 kilometres northeast of Damascus. Its in the heart of the Syrian Desert and is often described as the bride of the desert. It is without doubt the most beautiful and magnificent of the Syrian historic sites on the old Silk Road.

Palmyra appeared for the first time in the 2nd millennium BC. It was mentioned in one of the Assyrian tablets archives of Mari and in an Assyrian text.

This strategic location made Palmyra proper in a well established kingdom from the 2nd century BC. However Palmyra was located between two warring empires, Rome and Persia. Palmyra found that her interests lay more with Rome since the Persians had ambitions to take over the mouths of the Euphrates and Tigris rivers which would endanger Palmyra’s trade ...

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