20- The Nabateans

Continuing with our theme of less well known civilisations, today we’re going to discuss the Nabateans- a Bedouin people who created a kingdom in Arabia and the Sinai peninsula around the time of the Successors, which would last until the eastern conquests of Trajan in 106 CE. Perhaps their most famous monument in the western world is the city carved into the rock at their capital, Petra. However, we’ve not going to delve very far into their history; as fun as that would be, there’s just too much to cover. Instead, we’re going to cover their run-in with the former head honchos of the Successors- Antigonus and Demetrius… Sources for this episode: 1-3) Author unknown, Wikipedia (date unknown), ‘Nabatean Kingdom’, ‘Nabateans’ and ‘Petra’ (online) [Accessed 26/02/2021]. 4) The Editors, Encyclopaedia Britannica (2019), Nabatean (online) [Accessed 26/02/2021].

An image of the one entry into Petra. By JoTB – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28780860