'An excellent book for the intelligent reader seeking an introduction to this field. The author, a writer and photographer, has done a fine job, reflecting her love of the subject matter - both text and photographs - of high quality and artistic spirit - portray the recent state of affairs and acquaintance with a variety of opinions - The book will serve well its purpose to promote updated knowledge of a fascinating ancient Arab culture beyond the limited circle of professional scholars.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review 'A paean in prose and photographs to the Nabataeans. The prose is sparkling and exuberant, and the photographs are gorgeous - The book is well-researched - and strikes a judicious balance between a detailed account of the Nabataeans and a description of the complex and dynamic historical and cultural background of the period - a pleasure to read.' Scripta Classica Israelica 'A full and accessible account of the Nabataean world, which, illuminated by her brilliant photographs, does justice to a great and unjustly forgotten civilization.' British Museum Magazine 'A vibrant narrative and photographic history - The story is seductive: lavish illustrations of spectacular monuments combine with fluid writing... The stunning photographs are simply not to be missed...The images float within her text, enhancing the lavishness of the prose' Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians '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 '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, Institute for Advanced Study, PrincetonVom Verlag:
The Nabataean Arabs, one of the most gifted peoples of the ancient world, are today known only for their hauntingly beautiful rock-carved capital - Petra, a magnificent city carved out of the mountains, and one of the most breath-taking achievements of the ancient world. Yet they were famous in their day - Herod the Great and his sons, and a kaleidoscope of Roman emperors and generals were keenly aware of this powerful and wealthy trading kingdom. The Nabateans became inspired patrons of the arts, creating some of the most sublime and perfectly individual architecture of the time, not only at Petra, but over much of the Middle East. This richly illustrated book recounts the story of a remarkable but lost civilization. It tells of their nomadic origins, the development of their rich culture in Jordan, Syria, Arabia, Sinai and the Negev, their relations with their more famous neighbours and the demise of their kingdom at the hands of the Romans.
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