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Palmyra Ruins, Palmyra, Syria, 1997

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"Caravans bearing perfumes from Arabia, spices and rare woods from India, and silk from China passed through the colonnaded streets of Palmyra in the Syrian desert, its ruins bearing witness to one of the greatest crossroads of the empire. ... Roman forces sacked Palmyra in A.D. 273 after its powerful queen Zenobia challenged imperial rule. Her captors supposedly led her into Rome on a golden chain."

—Text from "The World According to Rome," August 1997, National Geographic magazine

(Photographed on assignment for, but not published in, "Lawrence of Arabia: A Hero’s Journey," January 1999, National Geographic magazine)
Photograph by Annie Griffiths Belt

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