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Sheba: Through the Desert in Search of the Legendary Queen
by Nicholas Clapp, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2001.

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This adventuresome, personal journey of the author to uncover the possible roots of this legendary queen begins with an overview of the ancient to most recent tales and representations of Sheba. Following are his travels to examine archeological sources in the Holy Land, Ethiopia, Arabia, and, of course, Yemen. His vivid descriptions of the ancient cities of Sirwah and Ma'rib (Sheba's capitals?) are used to validate his belief that a flesh-and-blood, historical queen did exist, and that her journey to Jerusalem was, in part, motivated by her promotion of the expanding Sabean state caravan trade. Secondary/College level.

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