June 16, 2004
Ben-Gurion University geologist Dr. Yossi Hatzor has lead a team to study the stability of King Herod's three-tiered fortress palace at Masada. I had never seen a model of the place before and had failed to appreciate how spectacular it must have looked when it was new. Neat.
Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 16, 2004 08:58 AM
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It really is spectacular. The one time I got to visit Israel I climbed up Masada with my cousin and her children (we go tthere after the cablecar had already stopped running; I'm usually lazier than that). What a place and what a view. It must have been amazing in its day ... and terrifying to see the oncoming Roman legions during the seige.
Posted by: Jheka at June 16, 2004 01:13 PM
So the ancient Israelites built a little Minas Tirith into the side of a hill thousands of years ago?
That's pretty cool. Good for them.
Posted by: Chris Taylor at June 16, 2004 05:36 PM
It does look Minas Tirith-esque. Tirith Tulca, "the immovable/strong tower" may be a good translation of Metzude.
Now off to bang head against wall for translating Hebrew to Quenya.
Posted by: Flea at June 16, 2004 06:17 PM