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Subject: History

Lost Cities of the Ancient World Series

This incredible series, filmed entirely on-location, takes you back thousands of years to visit three of the most important cities of the ancient world: Petra, Carthage, and Palmyra. Produced by William and Adi McAbian. Programs available on 3 individual DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Videos; also in a 3-Disc Set. Click for more

Petra: Jewel of the Desert

Petra: Jewel of the Desert

Petra achieved modern fame due to the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade; however, much is still being learned about this mythical place. We do know the Nabataean people, a nomadic tribe from northern Arabia, founded the city of Petra as a trading center in the third century; the fabled capital became one of the most important cities of the ancient world. In 106 A.D., Petra and all its territory became a Roman Province. By the 4th century, as trade routes were diverted away from Petra, the Nabataean civilization totally disappeared. For the next 15 centuries, the location of Petra remained unknown to the Western world until, in 1812, the Swiss explorer, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, discovered the "Jewel in the Desert" near Wadi Musa, Jordan. This documentary looks at the history and the myths of this mysterious place; here we see the famous facade of Khazneh, or what is called the Treasury, but was actually a tomb; the amphitheater, the Royal Tombs, the Temple of the Winged Lions, and the Monastery. 02/08DE SCA 52 min.
Associated Movie: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - starring Harrison Ford, Sean Connery and Denholm Elliott
Associated Article: Reconstructing Petra -Smithsonian Magazine

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