Her native name was Septimia Bathzabbai, a name also borne by one of her generals, Septimius Zabbai.'
Towards the end of 271 he marched through Asia Minor and, overthrowing the Palmyrene garrisons in Chalcedon, Ancyra and Tyana, he reached Antioch, where the main Palmyrene army under Zabda and Zabbai, with Zenobia herself, attempted to oppose his way.
Zabbai, an abbreviation of some such form as Zabd-ila=dowry of God, was a common Palmyrene name; it occurs in the Old Testament, Ezr.
271) that the two chief Palmyrene generals Zabda and Zabbai, set up a statue to the deceased Odenathus and gave him the sounding designation of " king of kings and restorer of the whole city " No.
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