• Malcolm Andrew
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(fl. 3rd century) Queen of Palmyra. The story of Zenobia (‘Cenobia’, ‘Cenobie’), based mainly on *Boccaccio’s De claris mulieribus (98), is included in the ‘tragedies’ related by the Monk (MkT VII.2247ff/B2.3437ff.). This account stresses the physical and martial prowess of Zenobia and her refusal to have sexual intercourse with her husband, Odenathus (‘Odenake’), except for the purpose of achieving conception. It describes their wealth and their conquests, and tells how Zenobia continues to reign successfully after her husband’s death, until she is defeated by the emperor *Aurelian and brought to *Rome as a captive.

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