By Edward Peple
First Published 1907
Armenians know Semiramis (Shamiram) as the Queen of Assyria who fell in love with Ara the Handsome, and who founded the city of Van, which Armenians referred to thereafter and throughout history as “Shamiramakert,” or Semiramis’ city. However, beyond these and a few other stories, historical information on Shamiram is sparse and fragmentary.
In this retelling of Semiramis’ life and adventures, Peple takes the little available historical information and weaves it into a narrative that brings Semiramis imaginatively back to life.