Sheba was a powerful incense-trading kingdom that prospered through trade with Jerusalem and the Roman empire. The Queen is immortalised in Qur’an and the Bible, which describes her visit to Solomon “with a very great retinue, with camels bearing spices, and very much gold and precious stones … Then she gave the king 120 talents of gold and a very great quantity of spices.”
Although little is known about her, the Queen’s image inspired medieval Christian mystical works in which she embodied divine wisdom, as well as Turkish and Persian paintings, Handel’s oratorio Solomon and many Hollywood films. Her story is still told across Africa and Arabia and the Ethiopian tales are immortalised in the holy book, the Kebra Nagast
THE ARTS SOCIETY ACCREDITED LECTURER
Ms Louise Schofield
Louise Schofield is an archaeologist who was Curator of Greek Bronze Age and Geometric Antiquities at the British Museum from 1987-2000. Her book, The Mycenaeans, was co-published by the Getty Museum and the British Museum in 2007. She now writes, lectures and runs international archaeological projects - previously in south-eastern Turkey, Greece and Albania and currently in Ethiopia. And rather wonderfully she has just been appointed Visiting Professor of Archaeology at the American University of Rome.