Queen Zenobia and the Oasis City of Palmyra

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Zenobia’s last look on Palmyra, 1888, by Herbert Gustave Schmalz (1856-1935). Oil on canvas. Art Gallery of South Australia.

Queen Zenobia and the Oasis City of Palmyra

Richard Beleson
June 9, 2021
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Zoom Webinar
Late registration fees are $20 per person Society members; $30 per person non-members. Late registrations must be received by the SAA by June 7, 2021.

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This presentation will focus on the geography and history of the Syrian oasis city of Palmyra, from biblical days to present times with a focus on Zenobia, the city’s third century AD warrior queen, who challenged the might of the Roman Empire. Richard will also talk about the history of coins which tell a fascinating story of the times.

Richard Beleson is a long-time member of the Society for Asian Art and a former trustee of the Asian Art Museum. He was recently elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (London), in addition to being a Fellow of the American Numismatics Society. He is retired as a Senior Vice President of the Capital Group Companies, where he focused on investing in the biopharmaceutical industry.

For anyone interested in finding out more information, Richard Beleson has kindly shared with us the list of references for his lecture.

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