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"The lost city" of Petra (Jordan)

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    Posted: 24 Mar 2011 at 15:11
Does anybody know when or why it was abandoned? What about it's final years?
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In a way Petra never really "died". There were always people living there and it was always a center of trade. It declined largely because there were alternative routes. Anyway hope this will help:

 
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Thanks Al Jassas. Any further history as to why there was a change in trade routes? Was it purely economical for traders to do so or was there other external or internal reasons for the change i.e. competition? I seem too recall reading somewhere that it was the rise of the sea trade that hurt the city the most, but i can't recall if what i had read dealt with the fate of Petra or some other city in the region.
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The sea route was partly responsible but the main reason was political hegemony. Rome was the first power to actually unify the entire region into one state for a long time. Before that there were several petty kingdoms under the nominal rule of this power or the influence of that power and they all had to pay tribute. With unification there was no need to pay tribute which was the main source of income to those desert cities that had no agricultural economy to talk about.

 
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