Romans and Guns
Israel has a large number of Roman sites. Beit She'an
is the ambitious restoration of a Roman city.
Beit She'an now displays a Roman amphitheater.
Caesarea, north of Tel Aviv, was the Roman Empire's capital of
Judea. It has a restored Roman theater that is back in
business. But I was more impressed with this Roman aqueduct,
the first I had ever seen. It carried the water supply for
Caesarea from mountain springs, using gravity.
Here is a cross section showing the large channel in
the aqueduct which allowed the water to run downhill.
I have no idea whether ancient Romans took their weapons
everywhere. But Israelis, whether or not they are soldiers
in uniform, routinely carried guns, and this was in 1995.
Here was an outing for children south of Tel Aviv,
heavily guarded against possible attack by terrorists.
It took a while before I got used to seeing all these guns.
If you have a high speed internet connection, watch the
Intrepid Berkeley Explorer's free video of this trip by
clicking on: Land of Milk and Chutzpah