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May 15

Caesarea! A huge complex of ruins from five or six different cities, each predecessor ruined by the ravages of war and more ruinously by the ravages of earthquakes.

Varda dropped me off here this morning so I could walk around for a couple hours.

It was King Herod, Herod the Great, who, from around 25-13BC, concieved to build a grand artificial harbor here on the site of Pyrgos Stratonos ("Strato" or "Straton's Tower"), and his achievement in doing so was a marvel of its time.
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