thousand inscriptions were found in different places that
date from the second century b.c. to the forth a.d., most
of them date to the first and second centuries a.d. They are
mainly brief, but they told us a lot about the Nabataean language,
the evolution of the Nabataean
letters, and other information like the names they had
and their gods and kings, the places they ruled and laws and
were found inside the Nabataean kingdom as well as outside
it, the content which was almost always very brief, varied
depending on the place and the time and they are sorted by
of Hauran, south Syria, mainly found in temples and dated
to the end of the first century and the beginning of the second,
they mainly only told the names of the dead.
of Egra, north Saudi Arabia, most of which were about religious
and legal matters, carved near the cult niches, the inscriptions
mentioned the names of the sculptors who carved, and the name
of the owner of the tomb or the person to be buried specifying
the place in the tomb, and from the titles of the dead people
they show the military history of the area. The inscriptions
also contained curses and specified fines and punishment in
case of messing with the tomb.
of Petra, mainly written by pilgrims to the city, mentioning
their names and some prayers for blessing close to religious
places, and of the tomb inscriptions one is on the Turkmaniyya
of Wadi Rum and Khirbet Tannur.
of Sinai, dating to the second and third century a.d. after
the fall of Petra (106 a.d.).
of south Palestine, they continued through a long period starting
even the third century b.c. according to some archaeologists,
and they documented the history of the Nabataean letters.
inscriptions from other places:
of Tel el-Shuqafiya to the west of Ismailiya, Egypt, two inscriptions
were found that told us about the Nabataean presence there
in the first century b.c.
of Um al-Rasas, Jordan,
dates to 39 a.d. mentions one of amrat tribe working in the
of Madaba, Jordan, dates to 109 a.d., and it is in Greek and
of Saida, Lebanon, dedicated to Dushara in the fifth year
of the rule of Aritas the fourth.
of Ruwwafa, Saudi Arabia, Greek Nabataean, dates to the second
of Melitos, Turkey, Greek Nabataean, the minister of Obodas
the third, Selly, left it there on his way to Rome.
of Puteoli, Italy, many were found their, one dates to 11
a.d., mentions two small golden camels as a giving to Dushara...