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Petra Hardcover – June 15, 2002

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ISBN-13: 978-0226311258 ISBN-10: 0226311252 Edition: 1st

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian

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For hundreds of years, travelers have wound their way through a narrow crevasse in south Jordan to marvel at the grandeur and the mystery of a city called Petra-and emerged from that fissure directly before an awe-inspiring 130-foot-high Hellenistic façade carved from the salmon pink sandstone of the surrounding cliffs. This is the Khazneh el-Far'un, or Treasury, the best known of the more than 800 monuments created in Petra between the third century B.C.E. and 106 C.E., when it served as the capital city of the Nabatean Arabs.

No less impressive were the other achievements of the Nabateans, and in this lavishly illustrated book, Maria Giulia Amadasi Guzzo and Eugenia Equini Schneider provide an accessible overview of their history and culture, including their language, religion, politics, economy, and 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 architectural wonders-including advanced feats of hydraulic engineering such as dams and water conservation systems.

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

  • Hardcover: 204 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 1 edition (June 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226311252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226311258
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 9.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,576,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
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.
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By Olin G. Buckland on February 18, 2015
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