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The ruins of Palmyra in 2010
|Location||Tadmur, Homs Governorate, Syria|
|Part of||Palmyrene Empire|
|Area||80 ha (200 acres)|
|Founded||3rd millennium BC|
|Periods||Middle Bronze Age to Modern|
|Cultures||Aramaic, Arabic, Greco-Roman|
|Management||Syrian Ministry of Culture|
|Public access||Inaccessible (in a war zone)|
|Official name||Site of Palmyra|
|Criteria||i, ii, iv|
It was an important city in ancient times. It had long been a place for travellers to stop when crossing the Syrian Desert. The city was founded some time during the 2nd millennium BC. It became abandoned around 1929. The site was made a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980.
The Semitic name of the city is Tadmur (Arabic: تدمر). In Aramaic, it means "a city that cannot be defeated". The earliest written reference to the city by this name is on Babylonian tablets found in Mari. It is still known as Tadmur in Arabic.
The people of Palmyra worshipped many gods and goddesses from Mesopotamia, Syria, Arabia and Greece. They built a series of temples and large monuments containing funerary art, or art representing the dead. Palmyrans originally spoke Aramaic, but later began speaking Greek.
The area was later made a part of the Roman Empire. The city was important because of the "silk commerce" from Rome toward the China region in eastern Asia. Between the years 260 and 273, Odaenathus and his wife Zenobia used Palmyra as the capital of the Palmyrene Empire. This period of Roman history is called the Crisis of the Third Century.
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