Sites & cities that bear the name of Nashaq


Today in : Yemen
First trace of activity : ca. 7th century B.C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 1st century C.E
Recorded names : Nescus, خربة البيضاء‎, Kharbat Al-Bayda'

Description : Nashaq (modern day Kharbat Al-Bayda', Arabic: خربة البيضاء‎) is the name of an ancient South Arabian city in the northern al-Jawf region of present day Yemen, in the territory of the ancient Kingdom of Ma'in. Karib'il Watar (around 685 BC) launched a campaign to capture Nashan and Nashaq which lasted for three years. Eventually, he managed to subdue both cities, and to dedicate his triumph to his god Almaqah. In 25 BC, Nashaq was mentioned as "Nescus" during Aelius Gallus's expedition to Arabia Felix under orders of Augustus against Saba'. However, the expedition ended in critical failure and the Romans accused a Nabataean guide called "Syllaeus" of misleading them. This expedition was mentioned by Greek geographer Strabo in which he named Ilasaros as the ruler of Hadhramaut at that time.

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