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Petra [Hardcover]

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Pages   204
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.38" Width: 10.13" Height: 0.86"
Weight:   3.25 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 15, 2002
Publisher   University Of Chicago Press
ISBN  0226311252  
EAN  9780226311258  

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"If ever a dead city held romance it is Petra. . . . Hewn out of ruddy rock in the midst of a mountain wilderness, sumptuous in ornament and savage in environs, poised in wildness like a great carved opal glowing in a desert, this lost caravan city staggers the most experienced traveller." So wrote Rose Macaulay in her Pleasure of Ruins (1953), echoing the sentiments of generations of travelers before and since. Reached through a narrow, winding crevasse between looming cliffs in south Jordan, Petra served as the capital city of the Nabatean Arabs from the third century B.C.E to 106 C.E. (when it was occupied by the Roman emperor Trajan).

In this lavishly illustrated book, Maria Giulia Amadasi Guzzo and Eugenia Equini Schneider provide an accessible overview of the history and culture of the Nabateans, including their language, religion, politics, and economy, as well as a detailed guide to the city of Petra and its art and architecture. A major stop on the spice trade route, Petra attracted wealth and culture from across the Arabic and classical worlds and was abundantly furnished with more than 800 monuments. Perhaps the most well known of these is the Khazneh el-Faroun, or Treasury, a royal tomb more than 130 feet high with a magnificent Hellenistic facade carved from the salmon pink sandstone of the surrounding cliffs. But no less impressive were Petra's advanced achievements in hydraulic engineering, including elaborate water conservation systems and dams.

For anyone who has felt the lure and wonder of ancient cities and civilizations in exotic locations, Petra will be a delightful and invaluable resource.

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The Royal Nabataeans  Mar 12, 2003
The Hebrew Bible called them Edomites. Their land of Edom ended up part of the Babylonian Empire, around 2,550 years ago. Whatever was left of their culture was hard hit by Persian emperors switching trade routes to across Southern Arabia and the Gulf of Aqaba, to Gaza.

Some 150-250 years later Nabataeans showed up there, east of the Jordan River and into the Sinai Peninsula, the Negev and northeastern Arabia. They were related to the Kedarites and Nebaioths, both descendants of Abraham, by his son Ishmael.

About 300-400 years later the daughter of Nabataean King Aretas IV married Herod Antipas of Galilee. Then Herod dropped her for Herodias, archenemy of John the Baptist. So King Aretas IV launched a successful invasion, during which he briefly won Damascus. In fact St Paul had to escape by hiding in a basket lowered from a window of a building in that city!

The Nabataeans were equally successful as middlemen in the aromatics and spice trade between Arabia, the East and the Red Sea. Their royal house and court quickly took up Western cultural practices spreading from Alexandria, Greece and Rome by way of the Silk Road. But just about every other level of Nabataean society held fast to doing things the Eastern way.

And that's why Maria Giulia Amadasi Guzzo and Eugenia Equini Schneider have chided other researchers for just studying the Western-influenced rock-carved tombs of the royals. Within the capital and outside, fountains, homes, market complexes, palaces, and places of worship have been overlooked. Thus researchers have looked at Christianity as it took hold in PETRA. But in fact Christian communities were larger and more important elsewhere in the territory.

You don't have to be a scientist to like this clearly written, nicely illustrated and well organized book. Other recent books of the same quality are Christian Auge and Jean-Marie Dentzer's PETRA; Udi Levy's THE LOST CIVILIZATION OF PETRA; and Jane Taylor's PETRA AND THE LOST KINGDOM OF THE NABATAEANS.


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