Palmyra was an ancient Aramaic city. In ancient times it was an important city of central Syria.
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- There had been a temple at Palmyra for 2000 years before the Romans ever saw it. Its form, a large stone-walled chamber with columns outside, is much closer to the sort of thing attributed to Solomon than to anything Roman. It is mentioned in the Bible as part of Solomon's Kingdom. In fact, it says he built it.
- Terry Jones and Alan Ereira, Terry Jones' Barbarians, p. 183