Course Description

Explore the meteoric rise, development and collapse of the great "Caravan Cities" of antiquity — the Sabaeans (Marib) of South Arabia; the Nabataeans (Petra) of North Arabia; the Gerasenes (Jerash), Palmyrenes (Palmyra) and Durenes (Dura-Europos) of Syria and Palestine — and the role that caravan commerce played in their history.

We will delve into mysterious legends, biblical traditions, and archaeological research to unravel the interactions these cities had with ancient civilizations, especially the Greeks and the Romans.


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