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Roman Arabia

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$37.00 • £29.95 • €33.50

ISBN 9780674777569

Publication Date: 08/19/1998

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242 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

22 halftones in 16 page insert, 5 line illustrations, 3 maps


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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 Shahîd, 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

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

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