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Nabataean Clay Lamps

An Analytical Study of Art and Myths

Nabil Ibrahim Khairy
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128pp. Illustrated throughout in colour and black and white: 1 table, 130 figures (including 37 black and white photographs and 20 colour photographs), 1 map
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A new chapter on the material heritage of the Nabataean culture is opened in this book. The clay lamps, and the artificial lighting they provided, prove that daily activities in this prominent proto-Arabic kingdom did not cease after sunset or in dark environments. The studied items shed light on the different cultural aspects of the Nabataean society, which had been in close contact with the contemporaneous world of the Mediterranean Sea and the Arabian Peninsula.

Nabil I. Khairy received his PhD from London University in 1975. He is currently a Professor of Graeco-Roman Archaeology at the University of Jordan, Amman, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. He has established himself as one of the leading Classical archaeologists of the country in his time. He has received many international awards and is reputed as an excavator of the Nabataean metropole of Petra.