By Land and by Sea : A history of South Arabia before Islam recounted from inscriptions

by Alessandra Avanzini
Roma : L’Erma di Bretschneider, 2016
In our collective memory there still lies the Queen of Sheba, her journey to Jerusalem to meet the wise King Salomon, or the Arabia Felix with its fame associated in the classical world with frankincense and other precious aromas. Nevertheless the history of the Arabia Felix, the country of the Queen of Sheba, is not well known to a wider public.

At the beginning of the 1st millennium BC, in south-western Arabia, in the region that today corresponds to the Republic of Yemen, some kingdoms were formed. Their history deserves to be better known.

The events, the characters, the history of art, together with the beliefs of the ancient inhabitants of South Arabia, are recounted in this book starting from direct written sources : the wealthy corpus of ancient South Arabian epigraphic public texts.

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