The Nabataean Rural Economy in the Hinterland of Petra

Andrew Smith

Abstract


This paper examines the nature of the ancient economy in classical antiquity and Petra’s unique place within it. It also explores the nature of Nabataean social organization and communal development in relation to the ancient economy

Keywords


Nabataeans, Bir Madhkur, incense trade, sedentarization, tribalism, ancient economy.

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