Zenobia, Queen of Palmira, revolts against Rome and defeats the Roman troops under the command of the consul Marcus Valerius. Forced into slavery and tortured in the cross, Marcus manages to escape, and come to the presence of the queen, offering her his services. They fall in love, which complicates his task, and his loyalty towards Rome. Marcus will help the Romans to conquer her territory, but he will also save her life from a coup led by the treacherous Zemanzius. Written by
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[to Marcus Valerius
For what you have done, I will make you suffer. Take him out to the cross. I'll show you. Up in the sun, and such a thirst that you'll ask us for death. But you'll pay more. Pay until you never forget. Put him up now.
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(end title song, US dubbed version)
Music by Dominic Frontiere
Lyrics by Milton Raskin
Sung by Bill Lee
Played by the Al Simms Sextet See more