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(March 20-25, 2007)

Yoshiyuki Kaneko


Willy Kaemena

History is in the Air

Palmyra, Syria

March 23, 2007 11:00 local time

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Palmyra more than 2000 years of history in the Syrian Dessert.

Palmyra was already permanently inhabited during the second millennium BC. The first sign of Roman interference dates from the time of Augustus and annexation was finally accomplished under Emperor Tiberius 14-37AD. After 100 AD, Palmyra entered an unsurpassed prosperity, due to the fact that exotic products from the east, transited through the desert and Palmyra to the Mediterranean coast and further on to Rome. Palmyra became a Roman colony.

Around 260 AD the Persians annexed southern Mesopotamia and extended their influence up to Palmyra. During these struggles the military leader of Palmyra, Udainat, was murdered in 268 AD. His wife Zenobia took over the power and tried to claim Arabia, Egypt and Asia Minor. This was unacceptable for the Roman Emperor Aurelian and the glory of Palmyra ended in 273, when Roman Emperor Aurelian marched his army to Palmyra and forced Zenobia to surrender and ended the glory of Palmyra.

It was my 3rd trip to Palmyra and I expected good weather as usual. On our way by bus through the desert we encountered already strong winds and some clouds. Upon arrival we went straight to the citadel to get an overview of the whole site.

When we came down from the citadel and reached the main part of the ancient city, a sandstorm suddenly started and the visibility was very restricted puting everything in a yellow gloom. I had the intention to make a sandstorm pano, but in order not to ruin the camera I refrained from changing the lens during the sandstorm.

Unfortunately I have taken only some normal pictures , which can be compared to the otherwise magnificent ruins in the usual sunshine.
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Middle East / Syria

Lat: 34° 33' 48" N
Long: 38° 15' 26.3" E

Elevation: 400m

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Nikon D200 with Nikkor 8mm/2.8 on monopod, 4 shots in RAW, PTGUI Mac , CubicConverter

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