Roman Arabia / Edition 1

Roman Arabia / Edition 1

by G. W. Bowersock
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674777565

ISBN-13: 9780674777569

Pub. Date: 08/19/1998

Publisher: Harvard University Press


The Roman province of Arabia occupied a crucial corner of the Mediterranean world, encompassing most of what is now Jordan, southern Syria, northwest Saudi Arabia, and the Negev. Mr. Bowersock's book is the first authoritative history of the region from the fourth century B.C. to the age of Constantine.

The book opens with the arrival of the Nahataean Arabs in

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The Roman province of Arabia occupied a crucial corner of the Mediterranean world, encompassing most of what is now Jordan, southern Syria, northwest Saudi Arabia, and the Negev. Mr. Bowersock's book is the first authoritative history of the region from the fourth century B.C. to the age of Constantine.

The book opens with the arrival of the Nahataean Arabs in their magnificent capital at Petra and describes the growth of their hellenized culture based on trade in perfume and spices. It traces the transformation of the region from an Arab kingdom under Roman influence into an imperial province, one that played an increasingly important role in the Roman strategy for control of the Near East. While the primary emphasis is on the relations of the Arabs of the region with the Romans, their interactions with neighboring states, Jewish, Egyptian, and Syrian, are also stressed. The narrative concludes with the breakup of the Roman province at the start of the Byzantine age.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674777569
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
08/19/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
258
Product dimensions:
0.54(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Abbreviations

1. The Region

2. The Coming of the Nabataeans

3. Pompey and his Successors

4. The Early Principle

5. The Flowering of Nabataea

6. The New Province

7. Boundaries and Defenses

8. The Impact of Septimius Severus

9. From Philip to Zenobia

10. King of all the Arabs

Appendixes

1. The New Inscription from Baraqish

2. Nabataeans and Romans in the Wadi Sirhan

3. The Governors of Arabia

4. Ancient Maps of Roman Arabia

Plans

Plates

Bibliography

Index

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