Mon June 19
We went to Cesarea Maritima on the coast.
Not Cesarea Philippi in the north at the foot of Mt. Hermon.
the house were those at the turns of the oval because that’s where the spills and thrills of chariot racing happened. Some of the young people in our group had a foot race to a cheering crowd.
by the Romans to bring water from over 30 miles away to the city of Cesaerea.
Scott had told us there are 3 criteria for locating a city in ancient times: 1) water, 2) security, and 3) access to trade routes. Cesaeria violated the first since the Mediterranean is salty. But the Roman
Tenth Legion and Herod’s structures have stood mostly intact for over 2,000 years.
Many were built the with local building materials which was sandstone. Have you heard the wind on a blustery day whining as it rounds the eaves of your house? Some of the arches of the aqueduct show evidence of wind erosion. Winds have picked up sand over the centuries and have whittled at the corners and crevices of the sandstone structures.