Caesarea Maritima: A Retrospective After Two Millennia

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Avnēr Rabbān, Kenneth G. Holum
BRILL, 1996 - Social Science - 694 pages
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This deluxe volume contains 40 papers from an international symposium - held on January 3-11, 1995 - on Caesarea Maritima, a celebrated Jewish, Roman, and Early Christian city. Climaxing a major excavation campaign in 1992-95, the book treats the city's archaeology, history, and culture comprehensively, from urban development and economy to epigraphy, sculpture, and ceramics. Papers on Caesarea and religious thought discuss Origen, Eusebius, rabbinic literature, Jewish and Christian academies, and the famous library. Spectacular discoveries, some published here for the first time, include Herod's amphitheater and royal palace, later headquarters of Pontius Pilate and other governors; Roman and Byzantine baths; the Temple to Roma and Augustus; and notably the artificial harbor Sebastos, explored under water, a monument of ancient technology and engineering. Included are fold-out site maps and color aerial photographs showing the latest excavations and the entire site.
 

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Contents

Preface
ix
List of Maps and Aerial Photographs
xvii
Caesarea and Recent Scholarship
xxvii
Unique Evidence for Faulting Patterns and Sea Level Fluctuations
3
Comparisons with
25
Further Evidence for the Use of Concrete in Ancient Harbor Construction
41
A Comparison with
53
Harbor Structures of the Augustan Age in Italy
65
Artifactual Evidence for the History of the Harbors of Caesarea
359
The City and the Text
381
The Evidence from Caesarea and Its Implications
392
A Publication of the Corpus
401
The Jews and the Games in Roman Caesarea
443
The Halachic Status of Caesarea as Reflected in the Talmudic Literature
454
Reflections on the Aggada of Caesarea
469
Caesarea Maritima and the Survival of HellenisticJewish Literature
476

Lessons Learned Lessons Applied?
77
New Evi
105
Amphitheatrical HippoStadia
121
King Herods Temple of Roma and Augustus at Caesarea Maritima
130
Varehouses and Granaries in Caesarea Maritima
146
A SixthCentury Bath in Caesareas Suburbs and the Transformation
177
The Promontory Palace
193
The Promontory Palace
208
The Romanization of Caesarea
228
The Caesarea
251
Miscellaneous Ornamented Architectural Elements in Roman Caesarea
262
Representations of Deities and the Cults of Caesarea
305
Toward the Study of Economics at Caesarea Maritima
327
Caesarea Illuminated by Its Lamps
346
Some Preliminary
496
Eusebius of Caesarea as a Christian Vriter
515
Caesarean Perspectives
531
Roman Roads to Caesarea Maritima
549
The Sec of Caesarea in Conflict with Jerusalem from Nicaea 325
559
Metropolis and Provincia in Byzantine Palestine
575
Issues in the Archaeology and History of Caesarea
591
The Legal and Administrative Status of the Port of Sebastos during
609
The Survival of the Bouleutic Class at Caesarea in Late Antiquity
615
Archaeological Evidence for
628
The Roles of the Amateur and the Professional in Maritime Archaeological
669
The Genesis of Scientific Underwater Exploration in Israel Centered
677
Index
689
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About the author (1996)

Avner Raban, Ph.D. (1981) in Archaeology, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Haifa. A specialist in underwater archaeology, he directs excavations at Caesarea and has published numerous articles and a book on Caesarea's harbors. Kenneth G. Holum, Ph.D. (1973) in History, University of Chicago, is Associate Professor at the University of Maryland. An excavation director at Caesarea, he has authored on it many archaeological reports, specialized studies, and the book "King Herod's Dream" ("Norton," 1988).

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