The Lost Civilization of Petra

Udi Levy

Availability:
Out of print

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This book guides the reader through the best-preserved ruins and monuments of Petra, the lost city of the Nabateans, and the desert cities of the Negev, and gives many practical tips for the visitor.

Format:
hardback
Size:
240 x 170 mm
Publisher:
Floris Books
Subject:
Religion & Spirituality; Art & Literature
Illustrations:
colour illustrations
Extent:
240 pages
ISBN:
9780863152986
Publication date:
21 Oct 1999

Description

The Nabateans inhabited the Negev and Transjordanian desert around the time of Christ. A wealthy and largely peaceful people, they cultivated the desert and traded in spices and frankinsence from Saba, Persia, and India to the Mediterranean. They were among the first Christian converts who built some of the earliest churches in the Negev.

All traces of this civilization disappeared for a thousand years until the rediscovery of its capital, Petra, in 1812. The ruined splendour of their temples and cities now draws visitors to Petra and Shivta from all over the world.

So much about this ancient civilization remains veiled in mystery, however. Udi Levy provides a fully illustrated description of the Nabateans, their art, history and religion, and the desert agriculture in which they were so skilled. He weaves a fascinating picture of a peace-loving people developing their highly advanced culture in the war-torn region of Palestine.

The book guides the reader through the best-preserved ruins and monuments of Petra and the desert cities of the Negev, and gives many practical tips for the visitor.

Author

Udi Levy was born in 1952 in Jerusalem. He trained as an educator for children in need of special care in Switzerland before returning to Israel where he now works in a theraputic village near Beer Sheba at the northern edge of the old Nabatean kingdom.

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