The Roman Eastern Frontier and the Persian Wars (AD 226-363): A Documentary History

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The Rise and Fall of Palmyra

4.1.1. Dedication to Septimius Odaenathus (date uncertain)

Cantineau, Syria 12 (1931), p. 138, no. 17 (Palmyrene only): In honour of Odainath 1 (i.e. Odaenathus) son of Hairan (, son of?) Vaballath, the chief of Tadmor ([rš] ‘dy tdmwr), ‘Ogeilu son [of Maq]qai Haddudan Hadda, made this [thr]one and brought as offering [the hearth and the bra]zier and the holo[caust…].

(Lieu, revised Brock)

4.1.2. Sepulchral inscription of Septimius Odaenathus (date uncertain)2

CISem. II, 4202 (=Inv. VII B, 55, Greek and Palmyrene): (Greek:) This monument of burial has been built, at his own expense, by Septimius Odaenathus, the most illustrious senator, son of Haeranes, (son of) Vaballathus, son of Nasor, for himself, his sons and the sons of his sons, forever, eternal honour. (Palmyrene:) This sepulchre has been built by Odainath, senator, son of Hairan (‘dynt br hyrn), (son of) Vaballath, (son of Nasor), for himself, his sons and the sons of his sons forever.

(Lieu, revised Brock)


4.1.3. Unsuccessful attempt by Septimius Odaenathus to make a treaty with Shapur I

Petrus Patricius, frag. 10, FHG IV, p. 187: Odaenathus paid [much] court to Shapur as one who had greatly surpassed the Romans. Wanting to lead him on, he sent magnificent gifts and other goods which Persia was not rich in, conveying them by camels. He also sent letters expressing entreaty and saying that he had done nothing

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