An Elephantastic Adventure in Petra
The marvellous ancient city of Petra in Jordan is very special, because it was carved out of the rose-red stone by the Nabataeans, a people who lived there 2,000 years ago. Among the city's many monuments and impressive buildings, the Petra Great Temple stands out because its columns had elephant-head capitals.
Two elephants, Feal and Zarafeh, are among them. They realise that they have lost their tusks. In order to search for their tusks, they decide to climb down from the capital and start an adventure. During their quest, they explore Petra, visit many places, meet other animals, and make friendships.
Will they succeed and find their tusks? To find out, join them in their search, as told in this book, an introduction for children to the wonders of Petra, by Judith McKenzie, author of The Architecture of Petra (Oxford, 1990).
Judith McKenzie was University Research Lecturer, University of Oxford. She lived in a cave while working on The Architecture of Petra (1990), the rock-cut capital of the Nabataeans in Jordan. Her other books include The Architecture of Alexandria and Egypt, 300BC–AD700 (2007) and on the sculpture and religious practice at The Nabataean Temple at Khirbet et-Tannur (2 vols, 2013). She was the director of the open-access photo-archive www.manar-al-athar.ox.ac.uk and Principal Investigator of the ERC Advanced Project ‘Monumental Art of the Christian and Early Islamic East: Cultural Identities and Classical Heritage’. Her interest in the Garima Gospels comes from the use of architecture in their illuminations, and the role of influences from places, such as Egypt, alongside the development of a distinctive Ethiopian Christian art.
She is also a contributor to the forthcoming Treasures of Ethiopia and Eritrea in the Bodleian Library, Oxford (2019).