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The Petra Pool-Complex: A Hellenistic Paradeisos in the Nabataean Capital (Hardback)

Results from the Petra "Lower Market" Survey and Excavation, 1998

Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Gorgias Studies in Classical and Late Antiquity
Pages: 298
ISBN: 9781593331207
Published: 5th July 2013
Casemate UK Academic

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Excavations in the Lower Market in Petra (Jordan), capital of the ancient kingdom of Nabsataea, uncovered the remnants of a monumental pool-complex at the heart of the ancient city. It played an important role in the socio-political life of Petra during the Nabataean and Roman periods. The mere presence of a paradeidos in Petra symbolized the Nabataean king's power and helped to legitimize his place among contemporary rulers. The paradeisos is an example of a gratuitous display of conspicuous consumption, a symbol of the flourishing status of Petra during its Classical era.

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