The nabataeans and Asia minor

Zeyad Al-Salameen

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The Nabataean period (c. 312 BC-AD 106) stands out as a period of prosperity, expansion, cultural growth and a relative political unity. It is clear that the Nabataean commercial activities as well as their involvement in the lucrative trade of aromatics had been the major acknowledged influence on the Nabataean urban settlements, economic development and architectural renaissance. This paper focuses on the international Nabataean relations with the west and their influences on the Nabataean cultural achievements. The specific question of this work investigates the influence of international maritime and long distance trade as well as the influence of Asia Minor on the Nabataean culture. It discusses the south-western Asia Minor archaeological evidence uncovered in Nabataea. Attention focuses on the nature and extent of the Nabataean material remains found in the Mediterranean and south west Anatolia and discusses the south-western Anatolian influence on the cultural achievements of the Nabataeans.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-78
Number of pages24
JournalMediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Asia minor
  • Lycia
  • Mediterranean basin
  • Nabataean trade
  • Nabataeans
  • Southwestern anatolia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Conservation
  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology


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