Halley Berry would be great as Queen Zenobia.
Western media repeatedly makes movies about Cleopatra, and holds her up as the ideal of sexual allure, and in the meantime sells hair products and assorted beauty creams in her name. Yet, the Ptolmey Queen had to re lie on both Caesar and Antony to retain her power. At the first sign of trouble at Actium didn’t she sail away on her ship leaving Antony to face Octavian alone? What makes Cleopatra so interesting to the public?
Now as for Zenobia, now we are talking about a queen that really kicked ass. She was the third century Syrian queen of the Palmyrene Empire who led a revolt against the Roman Empire. Why aren’t there movies from Hollywood about her? She was the second wife of King Septimus Odaenathus and following his death decided to rule in her son’s name.
Roman Name: Iulia Aurelia Zenobia.
Arabic Name: al-Zabba’ bint ‘Amr ibn al-Zarib ibn Hassan ibn Adhinat ibn al-Samida. (This is the best I could do with the font that I am using).
According to Wikipedia she appears to be of Arab ancestry, but her lineage may have included Aramaean and ancient Egyptian. She claimed to be an ancestor of Cleopatra and the Carthaginian Queen Dido. She had knowledge of Egyptian Culture and it is thought her mother was of Egyptian ancestry. Classical and Arabic scholars described her as having a dark complexion, and she was considered beautiful and intelligent.
She bestowed on herself and her son the following titles: Augusta and Augustus. But her most famous title should be: WARRIOR QUEEN.
Hey, I like Cleopatra as much as the next history ‘time-traveler’, but shouldn’t Zenobia get her shot at an Oscar? I think we should start a letter writing campaign?
Address your letters to: Amy Pascal, Sony Pictures, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232-3195
Dear Ms. Pascal,
Please cast Ms. Berry as Queen Zenobia…