Sheba, or Saba, was a region of high mountains and vast desert situated in the southwest of the Arabian peninsula, in modern-day Yemen. In the ancient Mediterranean world it was the fabled source of merchant caravans laden with aromatic spices. The mysteries and riches of Sheba and its people figures in the works of classical authors like Heroditus, and enticed the likes of King Solomon, Alexander the Great, the Emperor Augustus, and kings of Ethiopia and Byzantium. From the 8th century BC to the first century AD, the kingdom of Sheba dominated other realms of Southern Arabia, imposing its language, institutions and artistic forms throughout the region. In ""Arabia Felix from the Time of the Queen of Sheba"", Jean-Francios Breton provides a fascinating and detailed description of this remote civilization, the uniqueness of the region's geography and climate, and major events that shaped its history. Calling on the resources of modern archaeological discoveries, he offers valuable insights into the Sabeans' daily life, their agriculture and skill in irrigation, their customs and religion, their modes of commerce and their relations with neighbouring civilizations.
Arabia Felix from the Time of the Queen of Sheba
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