Judith Weingarten, American by birth, studied at the University of Oxford (M.Litt., Classical Archaeology) and is a member of the British School of Archaeology at Athens. She lectures extensively about early Greek archaeology and the ancient Near East, and has excavated for many years on Crete and on the Greek mainland. Living in Europe since 1963, Judith now divides her home-time between Amsterdam and a mountain village on the edge of a nature reserve in Tuscany, Italy. She travels for months every year through the Middle East, most recently living and working among the ruins of the three great Caravan Cities: Petra, Palmyra, and Baalbek. It was at Palmyra in Syria that she began to tell the story of Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra, and the rebellion that she led against Imperial Rome. She has published more than fifty articles in scholarly magazines. Her most recent book is Sign of Taurus (Waanders, 1998).