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Palmyra
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(Sem. Tadmor), oasis watered by a major spring (Efqa), on an important caravan route in the Syrian desert between the Euphrates (Dura-Europos) and the cities and towns in the west (Hama, Homs, Damascus) and along the coast. The earliest traces of human settlement (some 75,000 years old) were found in the cave of Douara. Settlement on the hill beside the spring began c. 7000 bce. Tadmor is mentioned in 2nd-millennium texts from Kültepe, Mari, and Emar. Since c. 300 bce, Palmyra must have been a very significant site, as evidenced by ongoing excavations. In 41 bce Palmyra cam…

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Koch, Guntram, “Palmyra”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124249>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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