Petra and the Lost Kingdom of the Nabataeansby Jane Taylor
"I very much enjoyed Jane Taylor's book on the Nabataeans. She writes marvelously for her audience. She has complete command of her material and obviously loves it. I was deeply impressed by her book." G.W. Bowersock, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton The Nabataean Arabs, one of the most gifted peoples of the ancient world, are today known only for their hauntingly beautiful rock-carved capitalPetra. Here, in the wild and majestic landscapes of southern Jordan, they created some of the most prodigious works of man in the vast monuments that they chiseled from the sandstone mountains. The very scale of their achievement is breathtaking, but beyond mere magnitude is their creative vision, for they transformed the living rock of Petra into an enduring architectural masterpiece. For nearly two thousand years, their civilization has been lost and all but forgotten. Yet the Nabataeans were famous in their dayHerod the Great and his sons, and a kaleidoscope of Roman emperors, were keenly aware of their power and wealth. Often victims of Greek, Roman, or Herodian duplicity, murder, and power politics, the Nabataeans were major players in the drama of the Middle East in biblical times. This richly illustrated volume recounts the story of a remarkable but lost civilization and the capacity of its people to diversify their skills as necessity demanded. It describes their nomadic origins, the development of their multifaceted culture, their relations with their now famous neighbors, and the demise of their kingdom. It looks at their continued, if unrecognized, survival as Christians and farmers under the Byzantine Empire and into the early years of Islam. "TheNabataeans created Petraperhaps the single most astonishing site of the ancient world. Now at last, after two thousand years, Jane Taylor has given them the book they deserve."
"The Nabataeans created Petra - perhaps the single most astonishing site of the ancient world. Now at last, after two thousand years, Jane Taylor has given them the book they deserve. She has written a valuable and eminently enjoyable text, while her photographs do more than justice to the story of these extraordinary people." - John Julius Norwich, historian, travel writer and presenter
"I have very much enjoyed Jane Taylor's book on the Nabataeans. She writes marvellously for her audience. She has complete command of her material and obviously loves it. I was deeply impressed by reading the book." - Professor Glen Bowersock, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University
"A vibrant narrative... The stunning photographs are simply not to be missed." - Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians
"A full and accessible account of the Nabataean world, which, illuminated by her brilliant photographs, does justice to a great and unjustly forgot ten civilization" - British Museum Magazine
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Meet the Author
Jane Taylor is a writer and photographer whose books include Testament to the Bushman (with Laurens van der Post), High Above Jordan, Petra and Imperial Istanbul (I.B.Tauris, 1998).
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