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Liḥyānites / Liḥyānite Inscriptions
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The Liḥyānites of antiquity were a tribe in the oasis of Dedān (modern al-ʾUlā) in northwestern Arabia who were able to establish an independent kingdom. Epigraphic evidences marks the appearance of this kingdom around 320 bce; it came to an end around 100 bce with the advance of the Nabateans. Thus it coexisted with the colonial settlements of the Minaeans in the same oasis. The Liḥyānites had ties with Ptolemaic Egypt (Ptolemaic Dynasty); of the nine Liḥyānite kings whose names we know, two were called Tulmay (Ptolemaios).

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Müller, Walter W., “Liḥyānites / Liḥyānite Inscriptions”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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