Nabataea

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Nabataea

(năb'ətē`ə), ancient kingdom of Arabia, south of Edom, in present-day Jordan. It flourished from the 4th cent. B.C. to A.D. 106, when it was conquered by Rome. The history of Nabataea consists mainly of the struggle to control the trade routes between Asia and the Mediterranean. PetraPetra
, ancient city, in present-day Jordan, known to the Arabs as Wadi Musa for the stream that flows through it. A narrow, winding pass between towering walls leads to the open plain upon which stood the ancient city.
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, the capital city, is noted for its unique rock-cut monuments, tombs, and temples.

Bibliography

See study by J. I. Lawlor (1974).