Aretas âr´ĭtəs, –tăs [key], dynastic name of the Nabataean kings of Petra. The best-known Aretas was
Aretas IV, 9 BC–AD 49, ruler of S Palestine, most of Jordan, N Arabia, and Damascus. His daughter was married to Herod Antipas, who put her away in favor of Herodias. Aretas attacked (AD 36) Antipas and defeated him, but Rome took Antipas' part. Tiberius' death (AD 37) saved Aretas from the Roman army.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2023, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.
See more Encyclopedia articles on: Ancient History, Middle East: Biographies