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Title: The Arabic Words in Palmyrene Inscriptions
Author(s): MARAQTEN, Mohammad
Journal: ARAM Periodical
Volume: 7 Issue: 1 Date: 1995
More than two thousand Palmyrene inscriptions have been discovered in both Palmyra and adjacent regions. Palmyrene inscriptions were also found in several scattered areas from South Arabia to England. These inscriptions are attributed to Palmyrene merchants and soldiers.
The Palmyrene inscriptions have a unique position among Semitic epigraphy for two important reasons. Firstly, the first deciphered and published Semitic inscription was Palmyrene, and secondly the longest North West Semitic inscription which has been discovered until now is also a Palmyrene inscription. In fact the publishment of Palmyrene inscriptions in the early 17th century was the first step for studying the Semitic epigraphy. The earliest dated Palmyrene inscription is from the year 44 BC and the latest discovery has been dated to the year 274 AD.