Usage Ancient Greek
Scripts Ζηνοβια(Ancient Greek)
Meaning & History
Means "life of Zeus", derived from Greek Ζηνο (Zeno), a prefix form of the name of ZEUS, combined with βιος (bios) "life". This was the name of a 3rd-century queen of Palmyra. After claiming the title 'Queen of the East' and expanding her realm into Roman territory she was defeated by Emperor Aurelian. Her Greek name was used as an approximation of her native Aramaic name.
Queen Zenobia's Last Look Upon Palmyra by Herbert Schmalz (1888)
Sources & References
- Lexicon of Greek Personal Names, available from http://www.lgpn.ox.ac.uk/publications/index.html