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Nabataea led by Aretas III is a More Civilizations custom civilization by Sukritact [2], with contributions from JanBoruta and Regalman.

This mod requires Brave New World.



The Nabataeans, also Nabateans were an Arab people who inhabited northern Arabia and the Southern Levant, and whose settlements, most prominently the assumed capital city of Raqmu, now called Petra, in AD 37 – c. 100, gave the name of Nabatene to the borderland between Arabia and Syria, from the Euphrates to the Red Sea. Their loosely controlled trading network, which centered on strings of oases that they controlled, where agriculture was intensively practiced in limited areas, and on the routes that linked them, had no securely defined boundaries in the surrounding desert. Trajan conquered the Nabataean kingdom, annexing it to the Roman Empire, where their individual culture, easily identified by their characteristic finely potted painted ceramics, became dispersed in the general Greco-Roman culture and was eventually lost. They were later converted to Christianity. Jane Taylor, a writer, describes them as "one of the most gifted peoples of the ancient world".'

Aretas III[]

Aretas III was king of the Nabataean kingdom from 87 to 62 BCE. Aretas ascended to the throne upon the death of his brother, Obodas I, in 87 BCE. During his reign, he extended his kingdom to cover what now forms the northern area of Jordan, the south of Syria, and part of Saudi Arabia. Probably the greatest of Aretas' conquests was that of Damascus, which secured his country's place as a serious political power of its time. Nabataea reached its greatest territorial extent under Aretas' leadership.'

Dawn of Man[]


Art by Janboruta

Hail Aretas III, he who rules the Nabataean Kingdom! Petra prospers under your guidance. Your people were shepherds in the Arabian Desert who abandoned their nomadic ways. Over the centuries, they founded great cities; carved into the earth itself. Their astounding knowledge of engineering, architecture and hydraulics allowed these cities to blossom into flourishing oases where no others could survive. Their shrewd control of the Incense Route made Nabataea into a land of great wealth and prosperity.

Alas great king, that time is past; and only relics remain of your glory. Yet another opportunity comes before you. Will Petra rise again, a jewel in the desert sands? Will riches once again flow into your glorious nation? Will you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?

Unique Attributes[]

Nabataea (Aretas III)

Art by Sukritact

Spring of Moses
Gold Gold may be spent to permanently increase Food Food yield in Cities.

Art by Sukritact

Zabonah (Scout)
Non-combatant Scout replacement that discovers Cities faster and earns Gold Gold and XP from doing so. Produces +2 Gold Gold and +2 XP when stationed on a Trade Route. Only Nabataea may build it.

Art by Sukritact

Rock-cut tomb (Mint)

Replaces the Mint. In addition to the Mint's usual bonuses, the Rock-Cut Tomb greatly boosts the range and Gold Gold yields of land trade routes. It must be built on or next to Desert and only Nabataea may build it.

City List
  1. Petra
  2. Bostra
  3. Hegra
  4. Eboda
  5. Leuke
  6. Mampsis
  7. Sela
  8. Elusa
  9. Jenysos
  10. Gaza
  11. Philadelphia
  12. Sia
  13. Madaba
  14. Soada
  15. Augustopolis
  16. Avdat
  17. Punon
  18. Zoara
  19. Nessana
  20. Sobara
  21. Iram
  22. Teima
  23. Gypsaria
  24. Auara
  25. Nemara
  26. Adraa
  27. Rhinocoluna
  28. Damascus
  29. Pharan
  30. Bethoro
  31. Rabbathmoba
  32. Bethomolachon
  33. Gerasa
  34. Resisim
  35. Nirim
  36. Buseira
  37. Ruheiba
  38. Moab
  39. Gilead

Spy List

  • Rabbel
  • Obodas
  • Malichus
  • Avdomanis
  • Pavivlos
  • Shaqilat
  • Galimat
  • Gamlat
  • Haganu
  • Khaldw



Nabatea's UA the Spring of Moses, allows you to permanetly increase Food yields in cities. This gives you a great advantage, as your spawn bias is the desert. With a Coastal city, the right rescources, and with Flooded Desert tiles you can increase your cities' population by an unimaginable rate! The Zabonah may not be able to attack like a scout but it has an additional Movement, discovers cities easier, and earns XP and Gold from doing so. The unit produces 2 Gold and XP when stationed on a Trade Route. The Rock-cut Tomb, in addition to the mint's usual bonuses, greatly boosts the range and Gold yields of land Trade Routes. Lastly, the city must be on or adjacent to a desert tile. With these in mind the Science Victory is the best route to go. With high Production and a lot of population you can build Science buildings and Wonders. With Freedom, and the third tier tenet of purchasing Spaceship parts, you'll blast off to the sky. Alternatively, you can use that production for a Domination Victory, or even Cultural Victory if you're lucky. Nabatea will be the Spring of Moses.


Peace Theme War Theme

Mod Support[]

Mod Support
Community Balance Patch
Ethnic Units
Map Labels
Unique Cultural Influence
Wish for the World

Events & Decisions[]


Our people sweat and toil under the burning heat of the desert. But we are an advanced and civilised society. With our knowledge of hydraulics, we can construct lush gardens for their benefit even in such conditions. It will cost us to profect the technique, but the results will be worth it.


  • Player must be Nabatea (Aretas III)
  • May not be enacted before the Classical Era
  • May only be enacted once per game


  • 800 Gold Gold
  • 2 Magistrates Magistrates


  • -33% Gold  Gold  needed to increase Food  Food yields in Desert cities.
  • Recieve CultureIcon  Culture when increasing Food  Food yields.

Syncretise Foreign Architecture []

While today we are builders, our ancestors were nomads. Thus, whilst our architects are skilled, they have no traditions to draw from. So instead, let us send them with our caravans, that they might see the world and bring back those architectural elements they find most pleasing.


  • Player must be Nabatea (Arteas III)
  • Must have at least 1 Traderoute  International Land Trade Route
  • May only be enacted once per game


  • 300 Gold Gold
  • Magistrates Magistrates


  • Departing Traderoute  International Land Trade Routes each provide +5%Production  Production towards Wonders

Unique Cultural Influence[]


Full Credits List[]

Dropbox Downloader
Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated:       5 August 2016

  • Sukritact: Artwork, Unit Model, Design, Code
  • Regalman: Artwork
  • Janboruta: Artwork

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