Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Queen Zenobia, a famous military leader of the ancient world. Born in around 240 AD, Zenobia was Empress of the Palmyrene Empire in the Middle East. A highly educated, intelligent and militarily accomplished leader, she claimed descent from Dido and Cleopatra and spoke many languages, including Egyptian. Zenobia led a rebellion against the Roman Empire and conquered Egypt before being finally defeated by the Emperor Aurelian. Her story captured the imagination of many Renaissance writers, and has become the subject of numerous operas, poems and plays.
Professor of Classics at King's College, London
Professor of Ancient History at the University of Manchester
Honorary Visiting Professor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter.
Producer: Thomas Morris.
LINKS AND FURTHER READING
Edward Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire - Chapter 11 (various publishers)
David Nicolle and Angus McBride, Rome’s Enemies 5: The Desert Frontier (Osprey Publishing, 1991)
Andrew M. Smith II, Roman Palmyra: Identity, Community and State Formation (Oxford University Press, 2013)
Pat Southern, Empress Zenobia: Palmyra's Rebel Queen (Continuum, 2009)
Richard Stoneman, Palmyra and its Empire: Zenobia’s Revolt against Rome (University of Michigan Press, 1995)
Scriptores Historiae Augustae vol. III (Loeb Classical Library, 1989)
|Interviewed Guest||Edith Hall|
|Interviewed Guest||Kate Cooper|
|Interviewed Guest||Richard Stoneman|