Samiramis And Zenobia
A role model is an important person who has an important role in society. He is
an example to his people and everybody wish to follow him and be like him in
order to have the same fame that he has. Actually, people make role models ;
they believe in some people and in their ideologies and they let them be famous
by spreading or applying their ideas . We can say that, in order to be
classified as a role model, one should be different than other people. One may
have an extra capacity or intelligence which he proved and that made the people
love or hate him. A role model is, therefore, any tyrant or loving person that
made some different thing from other people. Each role model should have some
ideologies that he has to accomplish or try to apply on people. Therefore , even
if he doesn't make his values and norms valued in real life , he may left some
souvenir and some hope in some people's life. Well, role models exist and have
existed since ancient times. They contributed in creating and marking our
history by their behaviours. This paper deals with two considered to be role
models: the first one, from the ancient time, is Samiramis, and the other is

Zenobia. Two important women who can prove that females were and will always
influence and be a contributing member in life and in history. Some historians
claim that the existence of Samiramis is a fairy tale . Some others argue about
its period of time . However, because her name was connected to the story of

Nenoi and the building of Babel we cannot deny or reject her existence in real
life . Well, Samiramis was born in a strange situation . Some say that she was
born in a region near Syria and that her mother was a maid , who mother left her
in the desert after her birth and it is said that the birds fed her . When she
was one year old, a shepherd called Samiramis found her. She was a child having
a magnificent beauty; therefore, he gave her the name of Samiramis. As she grew
up in age, Samiramis became popular for her extreme beauty in addition to her
high intelligence. After a period of time , the governor of Nenoi called Mnones
saw her. Charmed by her beauty, he fell madly in love with her and decided to
marry her. Also, when the king Nenos saw Mnones's wife that is Samiramis he
ordered Mnones to give him Samiramis, and he promised him that he would give him
in return his daughter. Mnones loved too much his wife and he couldn't accept or
bear the idea of losing her in addition to the fact that he doesn't dare to
disobey the king's orders; therefore, Mnones killed himself . After Mnones's
death, Samiramis had to marry Nenos. This latest died after 52 years from
reigning the country, and he left the kingship to his wife as his only son was
still very young. Samiramis spread the news of her reign all over the country
and declared that every member in the country should obey her orders . She put
in her finger the king's ring and she sat on the throne. Unfortunately,

Samiramis misused her power. She wanted to have an immortal image and an
unforgettable name, so she let her people build her the great city of Babylon
which needed two million workers to achieve it . In addition to the great city
of Babylon, Samiramis ordered her people to build various castles in which she
lived and where she had too many gardens established on her honour. What we
should add is that each one of these monuments had her name and a paragraph that
certifies the power Samiramis had . It was, therefore, known according to these
texts that Samiramis had the strength of a man and that she was able to control
the powers of nature ,for example she certified that she is the one who forced
the rivers to flood whenever she liked. Samiramis was an intelligent woman, and
she used this intelligence during war. When she went to conquer India, for
example, she covered the camels she had with bull's skin, so they would look
like these latest .So ,when she and her army reached India, the elephants were
afraid of the bulls and they ran away and that's how she won the first part of
the war. Nevertheless, later on, her trick was