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Rome and the Arabian Frontier
From the Nabataeans to the Saracens





ISBN 9780429434297
Published October 30, 2019 by Routledge
412 Pages

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Book Description

First published in 1997, this collection of essays from David F. Graf, an esteemed ancient historian and archaeologist specializing of the Greco-Roman world in the Levant and Arabia, represent over two decades of his own research on Roman Arabia which occurred during twenty-five years of a virtual explosion in our knowledge of this remote corner of the Roman empire. Graf’s preoccupation has primarily focused on the population of the region, rather than its forts and communication system. He explores such diverse matters as the urbanization of the area, regional demography, the defensive system, fluctuating provincial borders and the relations with frontier peoples until the Islamic Conquests.

Table of Contents

1. The Origin of the Nabataeans. Appendix with Henry I. MacAdam. Aram 2. Oxford, 1990. 2. The Nabataeans and the Decapolis. The Defense of the Roman and Byzantine East, BAR International Series 297, eds P. Freeman and D. Kennedy. Oxford: Hadrian Books Ltd, 1986. 3. The Syrian Hauran. Journal of Roman Archaeology 5, pp. 450-466. Ann Arbor, MI, 1992. 4. Hellenisation and the Decapolis. Aram 4. Oxford, 1994. 5. The Nabataean Army and the Cohortes Ulpiae Petraeorum. The Roman and Byzantine Army in the East, ed. E. Dabrowa. Kraków: Uniwersytet Jagielloński, 1994. 6. The Via Nova Traiana in Arabia Petraea. The Roman and Byzantine Near East: Recent Archaeological Research, Journal of Roman Archaeology 14, pp. 141-167. Ann Arbor, MI, 1995. 7. The ‘God’ of Humayma. Intertestamental Essays in Honour of Józef Tadeusz Milik, ed. Z.J. Kapera. Kraków: Enigma Press, 1992. 8. Qura ‘Aribyya and Provincia Arabia. Géographie historique au Proche Orient, Actes de la Table Ronde de Valbonne, 16-18 Septembre 1985, Notes et Monographies Techniques 23, eds P.-L. Gatier, B. Helly and J.-P. Rey-Coquais. Paris: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, 1988. 9. The Saracens and the Defense of the Arabian Frontier. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 229. Atlanta, GA, 1978. 10. Rome and the Saracnes: Reassessing the Nomadic Menace. L’Arabie préslamique et son environnement historique et culturel, Actes du Colloque de Strasbourg 24-27 Juin 1987, Travaux du Centre de Recherche sur le Proche-Orient et la Gréce Antiques 10, ed. T. Fahd. Leiden: Brill, 1989.

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