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(Μαρσύαβα/ Marsýaba, var. Μαρσίαβα/ Marsíaba, Μαρσυαβαί/ Marsyabaí Str. 16,782). A town of the tribe of the Rhammanitae (Ῥαμμανῖται; Rhammanîtai) in Arabia Felix, subject to Ilasarus (Ἰλασάρος; Ilasáros). In 24 BC, M. was unsuccessfully besieged for six days by the Roman army ( Aelius [II 11] Gallus); cf. the contemporary Sabaean inscription Répertoire d'Épigraphie Sémitique 4085, according to which the leader of the tribe of the Rhammanitae built an irrigation system for his master Ilšaraḥ. In other campaign reports (R. Ges…

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Müller, Walter W. (Marburg/Lahn) and Dietrich, Albert (Göttingen), “Marsyaba”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 29 May 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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