Roman Arabia

Roman Arabia


By (author) G. W. Bowersock

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  • Format: Paperback | 242 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 206mm x 22mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 1 August 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass
  • ISBN 10: 0674777565
  • ISBN 13: 9780674777569
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: 22 halftones in 16 page insert, 5 line illustrations, 3 maps
  • Sales rank: 645,316

Product description

The Roman province of Arabia occupied a crucial corner of the Mediterranean World, encompassing most of what is now Jordan, southern Syria, northwest Saudi Arabia and the Negev. G.W. Bowersock's book provides an authoritative history based on textual, archaeological and geographical sources of the region, covering the period from the 4th century BC to the age of Constantine.

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Author information

G. W. Bowersock is Professor Emeritus of Ancient History at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

Review quote

This is an important and exceedingly useful work, informed and informative, based on a wide knowledge of ancient evidence and modern scholarship, and offers a rich store of suggestions. -- T. R. S. Broughton Phoenix One of the finest scholars of the Empire has turned to the study of a province, toiled for a decade and a half over its rich archaeological, textual, and geographical sources, and come forth with a wide-ranging, insightful, and reliable history. -- M. P. Speidel Classical Philology A definitive history of Roman Arabia which will remain so for a very long time to come...[It offers] Roman provincial history and also a history of that talented Arab people, the Nabataeans, not in isolation but in the context of the Hellenistic and Roman orbits into which the Nabataeans were drawn...It is only historians of the caliber of Glen Bowersock who can write such histories because in addition to being established Roman historians, they have gone out of their way to master [the] languages of the Semitic Orient. -- Irfan Shahid Journal of the American Oriental Society An indispensable manual...Roman Arabia is more than an excellent history of a Roman province. It includes discussion of major problems of Roman, Arab, and broader Middle Eastern history...It contains important materials for any scholar interested in the background to the rise of Islam. -- Walter Emil Kaegi, Jr American Historical Review

Table of contents

Preface Abbreviations 1. The Region 2. The Coming of the Nabataeans 3. Pompey and his Successors 4. The Early Principle 5. The Flowering of Nabataea 6. The New Province 7. Boundaries and Defenses 8. The Impact of Septimius Severus 9. From Philip to Zenobia 10. King of all the Arabs Appendixes 1. The New Inscription from Baraqish 2. Nabataeans and Romans in the Wadi Sirhan 3. The Governors of Arabia 4. Ancient Maps of Roman Arabia Plans Plates Bibliography Index