Petra was a city of wealth, prosperity, and enormous ingenuity that allowed the Nabataean people to settle and even thrive in one of the harshest environments on earth. The city became the center of trade between the Middle East and the Roman Empire, which brought both wealth and power to its people. It also provided the resources for the construction of staggering tombs, monuments, and cities that turned the desert into an oasis. In addition, the confluence of cultures created the unique Nabataean art style, which incorporated some of the greatest elements of architecture from all over the ancient world and has left an unmistakable mark on the harsh desert landscape.
Faculty mentor: Dr. Allison Smith
"The History and Architecture of Petra,"
JCCC Honors Journal: Vol. 3
, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholarspace.jccc.edu/honors_journal/vol3/iss2/3