Zenobia Biography

Queen (d. c. 274)
Queen Zenobia was not content to rule a Roman colony in Syria, so she seized Egypt and declared her independence. Emperor Aurelius defeated her in 274 AD.


Zenobia was the wife of Odaenathus, ruler of the Roman colony Palmyra in present-day Syria. When he and his eldest son were assassinated, Zenobia declared herself queen. Not content to rule a mere colony, she seized Egypt, invaded other Roman holdings, and announced her independence from the Empire. Aurelius, emperor of Rome, struck back, defeating her in 274 AD.

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