(redirected from Nabataeans)
Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.
Related to Nabataeans: Petra, Siq


(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 flat, open valley upon which stood the ancient city.
..... Click the link for more information.
, the capital city, is noted for its unique rock-cut monuments, tombs, and temples.


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

References in periodicals archive ?
It was carved in the early 1st century as the tomb of an important Nabataean king and represents the engineering genius of these ancient people.
The rock-cut capital city of the Nabataeans became, during Hellenistic and Roman times, a major caravan centre on the trade route for incense of Arabia, silks of China and spices of India, as it lay on the crossroads between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia.
Once it was the capital city of the Nabataeans, who were able to control the water supply, thus enabling this city to thrive in the desert.
It's hard to describe what it's like walking into the mouth of this incredible city which, 2,000 years ago, was carved out of the sandstone desert cliffs by a semi-nomadic tribe called the Nabataeans.
Established around the 6th century BC as the capital of the Nabataeans, Petra is an enduring symbol of Jordan as well as its most visited attraction.
The soaring facade is considered the masterpiece of the ancient city carved into the rose-red stone by the Nabataeans more than 2,000 years ago.
Starting from the third millennium BC, Arab tribes of the Arabian Peninsula: Acadians, the Amorites, Aramaeans, the Nabataeans, Elsafa n and Ghassanids came and settled in Gharia and other areas.
The red city built into sheer rock by Nabataeans around the 6th Century was also made famous in the Hollywood blockbuster Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
The 'Rose Red City' built into sheer rock by Nabataeans around the 6th century was also made famous in the Hollywood blockbuster Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
2012 marks the 200th anniversary of the rediscovery of this vast city carved into the colourful rocks by the resourceful Nabataeans who settled here 2,000 years ago.
In exchange for protection, water and a time-out for rest and relaxation, the caravans paid taxes to the Nabataeans, making Petra one of the wealthiest cities of the ancient world.
The Nabataeans settled here 2,000 years ago and turned the city into an important stop for travellers following ancient trading routes.