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Headword: Ναβάται
Adler number: nu,3
Translated headword: Nabatans, Nabateans
Vetting Status: high
An Arabic people. "He sent [word] to [the] Arabs, the so-called Nabatans."[1]
Also [sc. attested is] Nabataeans, an ethnic [designation].
Nabatos, they say,[2] was born in Arabia Felix.[3] From some such person [sc. came the] 'Nabataeans', a people of Arabia Felix, [and the] 'Nabatene territory.'
Greek Original:
Ναβάται: γένος Ἀράβων. ὁ δὲ πέμπει πρὸς Ἄραβας, τοὺς λεγομένους Ναβάτας. καὶ Ναβαταῖοι, ἐθνικόν. Ναβάτος φασιν Ἀ[ραβίας εὐδαίμ]ονος γενόμενος. ἐκ τοιούτου τινος Ναβαταῖοι ἔθνος τῆς εὐδαίμονος Ἀραβ[ίας] χώρα Ναβατηνή.
See generally J.F. Healey in OCD(4) s.v. Nabataeans; Barrington Atlas map 71.
The kingdom of the Nabataean Arabs, though centered on Petra in present-day Jordan, stretched at various times deep into present-day Saudi Arabia and (northwards) into present-day Syria.
[1] Quotation (and individual) unidentifiable.
[2] This additional material comes from Stephanus of Byzantium s.v., from which the present passage, textually faulty, is supplemented.
[3] Present-day Yemen.
Keywords: aetiology; biography; definition; geography
Translated by: Alex Gottesman on 4 December 2002@18:52:42.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; added notes; cosmetics) on 5 December 2002@04:03:40.
Nicholas Fincher (added note) on 17 July 2003@02:54:11.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 8 July 2009@08:03:05.
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics; raised status) on 16 June 2011@10:31:57.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 7 August 2014@04:09:06.


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