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Seller: ancientgifts (4,386) 100% Top-Rated Plus, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122233950972 Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! ”Petra: Splendors of the Nabataean Civilization” by Francesca Arianna Ossorio and Barbara A. Porter. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardcover with dustjacket. Publisher: White Star (2010). Pages: 304. Size: 14 1/4 x 10 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches; 5 3/4 pounds. Summary: Nestled in the mountains of Jordan, Petra is the most spectacular ancient city remaining in the modern world. “Petra” takes readers on a memorable journey through this wonderland of hundreds of temples, tombs, and elaborate buildings carved out of solid stone. Tracing the city's origins to prehistoric times, the text describes its evolution, demise, and eventual rediscovery in 1812. Throughout the book, archival photographs showcase the remarkable architecture and readers are given the opportunity to explore al-Khazueh, "The Treasury," one of the most impressive of Petra’s monuments. Other remarkable sights include the 8,000-seat amphitheater, Petra Church with its beautifully preserved mosaics, and al-Deir or "The Monastery" perched high on a cliff, all vividly depicted in the photography of this handsome volume. With text contributed in part by the distinguished American Center of Oriental Research in Amman, this authoritative resource is essential reading for archaeologically minded travelers and anyone interested in ancient history. CONDITION: LIKE NEW. Massive oversized hardcover. White Star (2010) 304 pages. Book looks like it has been flipped through a few times, perhaps read once. Inside the pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, seemingly only flipped through a few times. Dustjacket and covers evidence only very mild edge and corner shelfwear. Except for the mild edge and corner shelfwear to dustjacket and covers, the overall condition is otherwise consistent with what might otherwise pass as "new" from an open-shelf book store (such as Barnes & Noble, or B. Dalton) wherein patrons are permitted to browse open stock, and so otherwise "new" books often show a little handling/shelf/browsing wear. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! Meticulous and accurate descriptions! Selling rare and out- of-print ancient history books on-line since 1997. We accept returns for any reason within 14 days! #8141a. PLEASE SEE DESCRIPTIONS AND IMAGES BELOW FOR DETAILED REVIEWS AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Petra, the ancient capital of the Nabataean Kingdom, is a place of extraordinary fascination, bringing together great richness in its archaeological testimony within a context of extremely suggestive natural environment. Where the desert gives way to the surprisingly colored rock walls, masterfully carved monuments were created. Since 1985 Petra has been one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, and today it has become a privileged destination for cultural tourism. It is possible to follow the footsteps of the explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, the first Westerner to re-discover Petra in 1812, the mythical T.E. Lawrence, and finally, Indiana Jones, whose films brought {Petra into the collective imagination of millions. Them diaries of the first explorers and the romantic visions of Leon de Laborde and David Roberts continue to fascinate generations of aficionados. This volume, written by an archaeologist with expertise in the Roman Middle East, is illustrated with splendid photographs and offers a comprehensive look at the historical and archaeological aspects of the Nabataeran city and its still unclear origins. The work spans an arc of time that goes from the Hellenic-Roman period up to the present period of continuing research. In its pages you will find an accurate description of the principal monuments, among which are the Theatre, the Columned Street, the majestic Qasr el-Bint Firaun, the beautiful rock-cut tombs, the Obelisk Tomb, and Tomb of Sextius Florentinus, and the fascinating Khaznet el-Firaun, as well as an in-depth look at the culture and religion of the Nabataeans. This volume offers the reader an exciting “voyage”, illustrating one of the world’s unique places, where nature and culture join together in a rare and singular harmony. REVIEW: Petra was originally known to the Nabataeans as Raqmu. It is an ancient, historically and archaeologically significant city in southern Jordan. The city is famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. Established around 312 B.C. as the capital city of the Arab Nabataeans, it is a symbol of Jordan, as well as Jordan's most-visited tourist attraction. The Nabateans were nomadic Arabs who benefited from the proximity of Petra to the regional trade routes, in becoming a major trading hub, thus enabling them to accumulate great wealth in ancient times. The Nabateans are also known for their great ability in constructing efficient water collecting methods in the barren deserts and their talent in carving structures into solid rocks. Petra lies on the slope of Jebel al-Madhbah (identified by some as the biblical Mount Hor in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern flank of Arabah (Wadi Araba), the large valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba. Petra has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. The site remained unknown to the western world until 1812, when it was introduced by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. It was described as "a rose-red city half as old as time" in a Newdigate Prize-winning poem by John William Burgon. UNESCO has described it as "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage". Petra was named amongst the New Wonders of the World in 2007, and was also chosen by the Smithsonian Magazine as one of the "28 Places to See Before You Die". REVIEW: Petra is an ancient city of Arabia, in the mountains of what is now southwestern Jordan, immediately east of the village of Wadi Musa. Petra remained unknown to the Western world until 1812, when it was "rediscovered" by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. Petra was in the ancient world an important caravan center as capital, stronghold and treasure-city of the Nabataeans, an Arab people. Petra is referred to as Sela in the Bible (2 Kings 14:7). It was situated in the land of Edom, between the Dead Sea and the Gulf of Aqabah, near the points of intersection of great caravan routes from Gaza on the Mediterranean Sea, from Dimashq, from Elath on the Red Sea, and from the Persian Gulf. From the 4th century B.C. until the 2nd century A.D., Petra was the capital of the Nabataean Kingdom. In 106 AD it was absorbed into the Roman Empire and made part of the Roman province of Arabia Petraea. The city continued to flourish in the 2nd and 3rd centuries, but later, when the rival city of Palmyra took away most of Petra's trade, the importance of Petra declined. Petra was conquered by the Muslims in the 7th century and captured by the Crusaders in the 12th century; gradually it fell into ruins. It was then hidden and forgotten for hundreds of years until it was rediscovered by Swiss adventurer and explorer, Johann Burckhardt (1784-1817), in 1812. Today Petra is considered a national treasure, with its notable temples and dwellings hewn out of cliffs. The entrance of the ancient city is at the end of a narrow chasm or ravine, known as a siq, which in some places is only 3.7 m (12 ft) wide and has towering rocky walls. Along this ravine are the ancient structures carved out of the walls of solid rock, the most famous of which include the Khaznet Firaoun, a temple also known as the Treasury of the Pharaohs, and a semicircular theater capable of seating about 3000 spectators. Because of the striking pink, salmon and rose-colored limestone that surrounds Petra, and from which the impressive buildings, temples and dwellings were carved, it is also called the "Red Rose City". All along the face of the pink rocks that overlook the valleys are rows of tombs hewn out of the solid stone. The remains of Petra bear eloquent testimony to its former power, wealth, and culture. REVIEW: Barbara A. Porter, author of the preface, has a long commitment to ancient history. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in archaeology, and subsequently obtained her Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York. From 1978 to 1986 she was on the staff of the Department of Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of New York and thereafter worked with the Department of Ancient Middle Eastern Art at the same museum. During her thirty years in New York City she has taught at New York University and has participated in countless archaeological missions at sites from Algeria to Iran. Since 2006 Barbara Porter has served as Director of the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) in Amman, Jordan. She continues to support the intensive publications program begun at ACOR by her predecessors. REVIEW: Francesca Arianna Ossorio was born in Milan, Italy in 1978. As an archaeologist she works with the didactic and research activities of the Archaeological section of the Department of Science of Antiquities at the Universita degli Studi of Milan as well as the Archaeological section of the Civic Museum “Ala Ponzone” of Cremona. She has participated in various digs of both Etruscan and especially Roman interest in Tarquinia (Viterbo), Cavaltone (Cremona), Nora-Pula (Cagliari), Milan and Cremona. She is also a member of the Italian/Syrian mission that works at Palmira-Tadmor in Syria. Francesca Ossorio has conducted a variety of research studies of the material culture and sculpture of the Roman era. She also deals with iconographic issues, with particular references to the Roman Provinces of Africa and the Middle East. REVIEW: Barbara A. Porter is currently the head of the American Institute of Archaeology at Amman, in Jordan, and has worked as an assistant curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and has taught in the Fine Arts Department at New York University. Archaeologist Francesca Arianna Ossorio is affiliated with the Archaeology Section of the Department of Sciences of Antiquity at the University of Milan and the Archaeology Section of the Ala Ponzone Civic Museum, Cremona. She is a member of the Italian-Syrian Mission working at Palmyra (Tadmor) in Syria. REVIEW: TABLE OF CONTENTS: Nabataean Civilization from its Origins to the Roman Conquest. The History of the Re-Discovery of Petra. Petra, Capital of the Nabataeans. Masterpieces of Rock-Cut Architecture. Hegra and the Caravan Cities of the Nabataeans. Preface. Introduction. Bibliography and Index. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: This beautiful book about Petra is published by the Italian publisher White Star, which specializes in picture books in large format, and written by Francesca Arianna Ossorio, an Italian archaeologist, who works with the University of Milan. She is also a member of the Italian-Syrian mission that works at Palmyra (Tadmor) in Syria. The preface is written by Barbara A. Porter, an archaeologist from the United States, who is the director of the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) in Amman, Jordan. In her preface, Porter says: "Petra in southern Jordan has fascinated foreign visitors for almost two hundred years. In this book text and image reveal the site in a poetic and comprehensive fashion." This is true. The main text is divided into five chapters. Here are the headlines: # 1: Nabataean civilization from its origins to the Roman conquest. # 2: The history of the re-discovery of Petra. # 3: Petra, capital of the Nabataeans. # 4: Masterpieces of rock-cut architecture. # 5: Hegra and the caravan cities of the Nabataeans. At the end of the book we find a bibliography, an index and photo credits. There is a chronological table on page 21. There are three maps: on page 20, the Nabataean world, i.e. modern Jordan and the neighbouring states; on pages 106-107, all of Petra; and on pages 120-121, the city centre. The book is fully illustrated with large pictures of high quality. Almost all illustrations are in color, except for a few old photos which are in black-and-white. Some illustrations are drawings - also in color - made by some of the early travellers, who visited the place in the 19th century after the re-discovery of the city, such as the Scottish painter David Roberts (1796-1864). [For more information about David Roberts and his visit to Petra in 1839, see Petra: The Complete Collection of Lithographs from Petra 1839.] This is not a guidebook you want to carry with you when you go to Jordan. It is too big and too heavy. Read and study this book in your home before (and after) a visit to the place. The main topic is Petra, but there is also a chapter about the Nabataean civilization. In addition, there is a chapter about the ancient city of Hegra (in present-day Saudi Arabia) and other caravan cities. This is very a good idea. In this way, the ancient city is placed in a cultural, geographical and historical context. Ossorio presents all the major monuments, using both text and illustrations. This is a beautiful and informative book. REVIEW: This volume takes the reader to one of the most fascinating archaeological sites in the Middle East, Petra, the mythical pink city hidden in the desert sands. The text gives an updated look at the site that has been the objective of explorers and scholars for the past two centuries. Enriched by the photographs that capture the majestic monuments, the force of the light and the magnificent colors of the rock, it shows the fusion of nature and beauty, created by the skillful hands of the ancient Nabataeans. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: A beautiful visual journey into one of the great wonders of the world. Explore the monumental rock carvings in this ancient rose city of stone. Whether you're a scholar or just an adventurer at heart, you will find this book drawing you into the mystery of this ancient Nabataean civilization. REVIEW: Perhaps the best of the books I read on this topic. The Nabataeans had a varied and fascinating culture. I originally started this study because of a mention of the beauty of Petra that I read years ago. The rise and fall of civilizations is an intriguing and terrifying study. It is particularly sad when art and literature is lost. I highly recommend it to middle east history buffs. REVIEW: This oversize book has a very illuminating and interesting text, but its real selling point is its great collection of mostly color photos and paintings, many of which are full page, double page spreads. Petra is an amazingly visual, colorful place, and this book enables you to appreciate that quality. Some of the photos are taken from such extraordinary angles that they must have been difficult to get, but the result is worth it. REVIEW: Great notes, which are very helpful in understanding the monuments around Petra and the history of the site. The photographs are magnificent, and the text very illuminative. REVIEW: This book is magnificent in its presentation. The photo's and drawings are superb and the text is easy to read. This is worth every penny and I recommend it thoroughly. REVIEW: A wonderful source of images and information about the magnificent town of Petra and its builders. REVIEW: This was a gift that thrilled the birthday girl. What a magnificent coffee table tome! REVIEW: This is a fabulous book with wonderful pictures. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site) and free insurance coverage. A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). However this book is quite heavy, and it is too large to fit into a flat rate mailer. Therefore the shipping costs are somewhat higher than what is otherwise ordinary. There is a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. 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That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Subject: Petra, Material: Paper

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