A new history of Arabia, written in stone
May 17, 2019 6:02 AM   Subscribe

As far as Bedouin nomads who lived in the area [and who] composed exquisite poetry to record the feats of their tribes, here's an episode of the BBC podcast In Our Time from a few months ago which discusses Antarah ibn Shaddad, a pre-Islamic knight and all-around fascinating dude, and his poetry.
posted by XMLicious at 6:46 AM on May 17 [6 favorites]

Having just spent some time in Utah checking out petroglyphs and pictographs, I just love love love seeing ancient rock art from different places. A connection to other humans, deep in the past, on the other side of an unknowable divide...*shivers*
posted by notsnot at 7:54 AM on May 17 [3 favorites]

Those horses etched in stone! So elegant!
posted by Oyéah at 8:47 AM on May 17 [3 favorites]

That bit about working out the zodiac is brilliant.
posted by lucidium at 5:38 AM on May 20

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