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Queen of Sheba
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    Lived in the 10th Century BC
    Known as Makeda in Ethiopian accounts and Balqis in Islamic tradition
    Unnamed in Biblical accounts
    Ruled a land located in modern Ethiopia and Eritrea or Yemen or both
    Visit to King Solomon recounted in First Kings 10:1-13
    Her name and the location of the land she ruled are the subject of debate.
    Although rich herself, Solomon gave her ‘everything she desired.’
    Although early historians such as Josephus and church fathers such as St. Jerome considered her a black African, she was portrayed by white Italian Gina Lollobrigida in the film ‘Solomon and Sheba’ (1959).
    She brought four and half tons of gold with her to give to Solomon.
    The Ethiopian emperors claimed to be descended from her and Solomon.
    According to Ethiopian tradition, when she drank a glass of water without asking, Solomon demanded that she sleep with him as a punishment (which seems extreme for a breach of etiquette).

Credit: C. Fishel

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