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Title: Petra and Hegra
Subtitle: What Makes the Difference?
Author(s): WENNING, Robert
Journal: ARAM Periodical
Volume: 8 Issue: 2 Date: 1996
Mada'in Salih, the Nabataean Hegra, is famous for its rock-cut tomb façades and the large Nabataean inscriptions on these façades. Most of the articles dealing with Hegra in recent years discuss just these monuments, as does the excellent book published by John F. Healey in 1993.1Healey gives a good treatment and summary of the other archaeological evidence of the site and its historical and cultural setting as well. It seems that almost everything that can be said about Hegra has been said. There is only one group of monuments which has not received the same attention as the tombs, the votive niches and other religious installations of the Jabal Ithlib and its surroundings. I shall give some detailed interpretations of these. In addition we may be able to learn something more from a comparison of Hegra and Petra. There is no need to demonstrate the strong relations between the two sites in great detail, but I would like to point especially to some differences.