#Caesarea – #Israel

An amphitheater is a full circle, like the coliseum, and this is a theatre (which is a half circle):

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This is where the Romans (and Byzantines, which were the Romans after they embraced Christianity in 324) had plays and concerts, but also where (before they embraced Christianity) the Christians were persecuted and fed to lions.

You can see the curves in the stage where they put instruments for acoustics or giant fires for lighting up night plays.

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Here is a real coin with King Agrippa on it:

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Nearby is the hippodrome, where they had chariot races every four years and introduced the idea of giving prizes to the second and third place winners as well:

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You can see the places where animals were kept:

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Herod’s palace faces the sea, and many rulers lived here including Agrippa, Pontius Pilate, Felix, and Festus:

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You can see the mosaics on the floor still, with the classic Herodian design:

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Here are the dungeon rooms where Paul was kept in prison under house arrest:

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The palace is built on the famous Roman arches:

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There was no water there, so Herod built his famous aqueduct to bring water from the spring six miles away:

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We had a beautiful and exciting morning, exploring on this gorgeous day of sunshine at the sea!

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I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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