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Authored by: Trevor Bryce , Heather D. Baker , Daniel T. Potts , Jonathan N. Tubb , Jennifer M. Webb , Paul Zimansky

The Routledge Handbook of the Peoples and Places of Ancient Western Asia

Print publication date:  July  2009
Online publication date:  September  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415394857
eBook ISBN: 9780203875506
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Nabatu M1 tribal people, probably of North Arabian origin, located in eastern Babylonia. They are included in the list of thirty-five so-called Aramaean tribes conquered by the Assyrian king Tiglath-pileser III, probably in his first regnal year (745) (*Tigl. III 158–9). The Nabatu are very likely to be identified with the Nabayatu tribe, attested in the reign of the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal (668–630/627). It is possible, but by no means certain, that they were forerunners of the Nabataean Arabs of the Hellenistic age, whose chief city was Petra in Jordan.


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