According to Earth Times, German archaeologists working on a site in Axum, Ethiopia believe they have found the Queen of Sheba’s palace this Spring.
Remember her? She was the African queen who journeyed to Solomon’s palace in order to verify the rumor of the king’s exceptional wisdom. For those rusty on their Biblical history (like me), Solomon was the son of King David, of the Psalms fame. There is a book in the Bible called Song of Solomon which some theologians believe to be the love story between Solomon and this queen.
Solomon really loved women. According to legend he was wise about everything except romance, as he had 1000 wives. What a foolish romantic, and kind of a slut too.
Curious, I checked out the wikipedia entry for the queen, and found some surprisingly nice treatment of the material – kudos to the contributors. The Queen, known as Makeda in modern Ethiopia, was exceptionally intelligent, curious and wealthy. Because accounts of her actual origin are the subject of debate amongst historians, this recent discovery could add much substance to the discourse.
By the way, I’d recommend re-reading the Song of Solomon. It’s an intense text – keep a fan handy.