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The oasis of Palmyra is in northwest Syria. The city stood at the meeting point of several routes across the desert steppe. It came to prominence in Roman times and was later closely associated with Queen Zenobia.
Wife of Odaenathus, a ruler of Palmyra, queen as consort and then mother of the "king of kings", Zenobia laid claim to the title of empress of Rome, with her son as emperor. Her ultimate defeat at the hands of the Emperor Aurelian followed by her death perpetuated her legend at the expense of history.
Palmyra at the Louvre Museum
There are some magnificent examples of Palmyra's unique syncretic art in the Louvre Museum. The collection includes 92 stone sculptures and 146 tesserae - small terracotta entry tokens for ritual banquets in the city's great sanctuaries.
Palmyra archaeological researches
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Portico of the Central Colonnade at nightfall, Palmyra, Syria
The monumental arch at sunset, Palmyra, Syria, 17 October 1921, (Autochrome, 9 x 12 cm), Frédéric Gadmer, Département des Hauts-de-Seine, musée Albert-Kahn, Archives de la Planète, A 29 690 S
Département des Hauts-de-Seine,
Triumphal arch in Palmyra
Digital processing of archaeological records of the triumphal arch of Palmyra made in December 1988 by Serge Sadler as part of a study mission for the French Institute for Near Eastern Archaeology (IFAPO). Records deposited in the documentary resources department of the Musée d'Archéologie nationale.
Digitisation: Summum 3D / MAN. © Serge Sadler / IFAPO
Relief funéraire de Palmyre
Relief représentant Taimé et sa femme Hadira, datant de la 1re moitié du IIIe siècle apr. J. -C. Palmyre. H. : 43 cm, l. : 63 cm. Musée du Louvre (AO 2093)
Musée du Louvre. RMN-GP France Collections 3D