Saturday, April 03, 2004


Biblical �Sephar�, classical �Sapphar�, or �Saphar� ancient Arabian site located southwest of Yarim in southern Yemen. It was the capital of the Himyarites, a tribe that ruled much of southern Arabia from about 115 BC to about AD 525. Up until the Persian conquest (c. AD 575), Zafar was one of the most important and celebrated towns in southern Arabia - a fact attested to not only by Arab geographers and historians but also by Greek and Roman authors.


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