Syria - When will the next generation matter more than the 'need' for violent conflict?
Palmyra developed at the site of a desert oasis, and first flourished in the last centuries BCE as a staging post on trade routes across the Middle East. Under the Roman emperor Tiberius (14-37 CE), Palmyra eventually became part of the Roman province of Syria, but retained much of its autonomy. The importance and wealth of the city continued to grow as vital trade routes were extended as far as India and China.
The Citadel at night, Aleppo, Syria by iancowe, via Flickr