The ‘Palmyrene Empire’ (AD 250–272)
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The Greeks adopted an Egyptian term denoting a depression with fertile soil in the desert, calling it an oasis. Palmyra was such an Oasis. It lies in the heart of the so-called Fertile Crescent (a term coined by the Orientalist James Henry Breasted, 1865–1935), the zone of steppe in what is now Jordan, Israel, the Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, surrounded by highlands (Libanus, Antilibanus, Antitaurus, Zagrus) and suitable for rain-fed agriculture (i.e. without artificial irrigation). This zone forms a…

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Olshausen, E., “The ‘Palmyrene Empire’ (AD 250–272)”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 3 : Historical Atlas of the Ancient World, Edited by: Anne-Maria Wittke, Eckart Olshausen, Richard Szydlak, in collaboration with: Vera Sauer and other specialists. Consulted online on 24 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20091241

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