from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An ancient kingdom of southwest Asia in present-day Jordan, flourishing from the fourth century B.C. to A.D. 106, when it was conquered by Rome. Petra was its capital.


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  • Barred from teaching at King Saud University in 2001, the scholar has examined the situation of Nabataea, a kingdom that at the beginning of the Christian era included parts of modern-day Jordan, Syria, and Saudi Arabia, and had its capital in Petra.

    Saudi women had more rights at the time of the Romans than today

  • Following the wadi would have taken them, unless I am mistaken, through Nabataea, and the Nabataean alphabet presumably contributed something to the script that the Mandaeans came to use.

    Wadi Hawran and Haran Gawaita

  • To Nabataea, which would give him one of the two great fleets engaged in trade with India and Taprobane.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • Malchus of Nabataea lost the bitumen, but nothing else; in return for what Octavian saw as leniency, Malchus was to watch the Egyptian fleets in the Sinus Arabicus and deal with any unusual activity there.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • The pearls are so perfectly matched that he thinks it was made for a queen—Egypt or Nabataea, probably, since they bring the pearls from Taprobane.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • The best news is that I have wrested the bitumen fisheries off Malchus of Nabataea, who sided with the Parthians and refused me, his own nephew, succor.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • They have belonged to Nabataea for time immemorial.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • But no sooner was the fleet anchored in Heroönopolis than Malchus of Nabataea descended and burned every galley to the waterline.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • Many years earlier he had married a princess named Phasaelis, daughter of King Aretas IV, the king of Nabataea.

    The Jesus Dynasty

  • His first wife was a princess of the Arabian kingdom of Nabataea, and the perceived insult to this royal family had precipitated a war between the two kingdoms.

    The Templar Revelation


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