Yemen: Land of the Queen Sheba



(53 minutes) Is the Queen of Sheba, ruler of Saba, a figure of legend or of history? This program delves deeply into Yemen’s past on a journey of discovery, visiting important stops on the caravan route that once carried frankincense—the principal source of wealth and power in ancient Yemen’s three kingdoms—to market in Palestine, the Levant, and even Rome. Archaeological artifacts from the collection housed in Sana’a and footage from Wendell Phillips’ 1950 expedition offer a tantalizing glimpse of a civilization long gone and a queen who lives on in the cultural memory of her country.