I'm a queen, and as long as I live I will reign ~ Zenobia
The Palmyrans were once the inhabitants of the kingdom of Palmyra and are a playable civilization in Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome. In the game, they are primarily an offensive civilization, but they are also an economic civilization with many economic bonuses, but however, one of their cons is expensive villagers, which can damage their early game. This civilization is most effective in random map and is the most powerful in the Bronze Age but is also effective on other ages as well.
Nowadays, Palmyran ruins are located in in the Tadmur district, Syria, and have became a very famous tourist attraction.
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Palmyra was an ancient settlement near the Eqfa spring in the Syrian desert, founded ca. 2000 BC. The Palmyrans themselves were a mix of Amorites, Arameans and Arabs, and spoke Palmyrene, an Aramic dialect and used Greek as their commercial and political language.
Initially a petty sheikhdom, the city grew rapidly in importance thanks to its strategic position as an oasis, which made it an important stop for merchants travelling in the silk road from China and India, as well as for local caravans trading in the region. Growing in wealth, the city prospered more and more by taxing the passing by caravans who stopped to rest, and grew to become one of the strongest trading powers in the region by trading with the many rare commodities from the far east such as silk, spices and perfumes. The Palmyrenes used this wealth to build grandeous monuments, colonnades and impressive tombs, and to design Greco-Roman and Persian influenced funerary reliefs for the high class citizens of the city.
Not going unnoticed by the Romans, it was declared a Roman colonia in the 2nd century and its royals and nobility were granted Roman citizenship under the reign of Septimius Severus and many adopted the Septimii's surname as a sign of loyalty and gratefullnes to the Romans.
Septimius Odaenathus was the first Palmyrene to be granted the title of king, and he and his wife, Queen Zenobia, fought off two major invasions coming from the east and the north by Persians and Goths respectively, and were granted many honorary titles and privileges by the Romans, who would've been crushed had not the east been defended by the now prospering Palmyrans.
Odaenathus was murdered in 267 after a successful campaign in Asia Minor against Goths raiding there, and was succeeded by his son. The real power in Palmyra, however, was his mother, Queen Zenobia, who ruled as a regent and held de facto power in the kingdom. She rebelled against Rome and conquered all of Rome's eastern provinces, establishing the Palmyrene Empire that spanned from the Black Sea to the Nile, and included the previous Roman provinces of Asia Minor, Mesopotomia, Syria, Arabia, as well as Upper and Lower Egypt. Declaring herself Augusta, the Romans, slowly recovering from the crisis of the third century, promptly returned to Palmyra, and defeated Queen Zenobia in 272, taking her back to Rome where she was paraded in chains, and later in 273, sacked Palmyra and ended its civilization. It ceased to become a major power and never recovered, subsequently falling into Byzantine, Persian, and later Arab rule and never became the power it was again.