"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), ...Read More"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.Read Less
New. Gift quality, Fine. A superior copy without defect. ix, 197 p. : ill. (some col. ), maps; 29 cm. Clean, unmarked pages. Fine binding and cover. Hardcover and dust jacket. Contents: The region--The Nabateans: the problem of origins--The Nabatean kingdom between Arabia and Syria. From the origins to the end of the Roman Republic; The first century of the Roman Empire; The Roman province of Arabia; Petra and the caravan trade--Nabatean society. Language and writing; Gods and cults; Political and public functions; trades and occupations--The City of Petra. The rediscovery; The layout of the city; Rupestrian funerary architecture; Sculpture--Monuments and written documents. The Qasr el-Bint Far'un and its temenos; The temple of the winged lions; The Khazneh el-Far'un; Ed-Deir; The urn tomb; The tomb of Sextius Florentinus; The Aslah inscription, Magharet et-Tnub; The en-Numeir inscription; Inscription of the Qabr at-Turkman, or Turkmaniya tomb--Apparatus. This is an oversized or heavy book that requires additional postage for international delivery outside of Canada and the US.
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