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Name:  Vaballathus
Brief biography:  King of Palmyra under the regency of Zenobia.
Nationality:  Palmyrene
Occupation:  King
Date of birth:  259
Place of birth:  Palmyra
Period of rule:  267-272

Vaballathus became king of Palmyra at the age of about 8, after the death of his father, Odaenathus, who had carved out a large power base in the wake of the capture of Valerian, but remained nominally under Roman jurisdiction. Vaballathus's mother, Zenobia, effectively ruled the kingdom, and brought Egypt under Palmyrene control. As a subservient king to Rome, Vaballathus's coins show both him and Aurelian, the Roman Emperor. The peace did not last, however, and Zenobia was forced to declare herself empress and her son emperor. This state of affairs was short-lived, however, and Vaballathus and his mother were captured and taken to Rome, their fate thereafter is unknown.

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