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What if? Palmyra and the Crisis of the Third Century

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The Roman Crisis of the Third Century (AD 235-284) is one of the most mysterious events in world history, mainly, as far as RT can see, because it did not result in the break-up of the Roman Empire into three smaller monarchies: 1) the Gallic Empire; 2) a much reduced Roman Empire; and 3) The Palmyran Empire. This topic, RT is realizing, is far too large for single post, so he offers here this brief notice and a single question: Why was the Emperor Aurelian (in a mere five years) able to restore his broken empire? More on this subject later!   RT


RT’s Related Posts: 1) The Great Library of Alexandria; 2) Oxyrhynchus–Trash and Treasures


Photo: Temple of Baal, Palmyra; Author: Bernard Gagnon. WikiCmns; CC 1.0 Generic.


  1. aubrey
    September 21, 2013 at 6:31 am

    Do tell! I love history, but ancient history is far beyond my knowledge that I welcome any lessons that might come my way. So I must repeat…do tell!

    (love the ruins of the temple – architecture that is aged and shattered presents such a stunning silhouette…so noble and majestic)

    • September 21, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      aubrey–the crisis of the third century may be the single most important historical event that almost nobody knows about, so i will be following up…& it’s good to hear from you; hope all is well! RT

  1. September 27, 2013 at 3:56 pm

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