Brill’s New Pauly

Get access

(874 words)

(Πέτρα/Pétra, 'rock')

[German version]

[1] Capital of the Nabataean Empire

This item can be found on the following maps:

Syria | Theatre | | Commerce | Hellenistic states | India, trade with | Limes | Rome | Rome | Egypt

Capital of the Nabataean kingdom (Nabataei) in Edom, about 80 km to the south of the Dead Sea in the Wādı̄ Mūsā (in modern Jordan). The city is first mentioned by Diodorus [18] under the name P…

Cite this page
Leisten, Thomas (Princeton), Errington, Robert Malcolm (Marburg/Lahn), Plontke-Lüning, Annegret (Jena) and Falco, Giulia (Athens), “Petra”, 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 03 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

▲   Back to top   ▲