The Nabataean Trade Nation: The Public and Private Cultures of the Nabataean Kingdom

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dc.contributor.advisor Koh, Andrew J.
dc.contributor.author Accettola, Anna Jean
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-03T19:41:09Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-03T19:41:09Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10192/30
dc.description.abstract This paper presents a theory of the Nabataean dichotomy between private and public culture. Through use of material culture and primary sources, a picture of the public façade of the Nabataean is created which shows that the Nabataean kingdom adopted attributes from foreign cultures that made it look more promising as a trading partner to its neighbors. This was especially important since the economic structure of the society was based on their ability to continue trade through the region. Examination of hydraulics, architecture, religion, language, numismatics, pottery, and statuary, show that while the public face of the kingdom was metropolitan and international, the private culture remained distinct and true to the traditional character of the Nabataean society. Because of the care with which the monumental structures adhered to this public façade, this dichotomy seems to have been deliberately created, although the proof for this claim is less than concrete because of the lack of surviving official documentation.
dc.description.sponsorship Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Brandeis University
dc.relation.ispartofseries Brandeis University Theses and Dissertations
dc.rights Copyright by Anna Accettola 2012
dc.subject Nabataean Kingdom
dc.subject Near East
dc.subject Classics
dc.subject Trade
dc.title The Nabataean Trade Nation: The Public and Private Cultures of the Nabataean Kingdom
dc.type Thesis
dc.contributor.department Department of Classical Studies
dc.degree.name MA
dc.degree.level Masters
dc.degree.discipline Classical Studies
dc.degree.grantor Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences


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