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If you think the Middle East is dramatic now, 2000 years ago it was a telenovela

The relations between the Herodian Kingdom and the Nabatean Kingdom were very complex and involved political, economic and marriage ties. Through the institution of marriage with local dynasties, Herodians consolidated power in the southern Levant and later became Rome’s client state. Intermarriage between religious groups was not uncommon, people were open-minded, until they were not. Here’s […]

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Ancient fish sauce factory revealed in Israel

The Romans loved them some stinky fish sauce. Vats and vats of it. With wine. Vats used to produce fish sauce (garum) that are among the few known in the Eastern Mediterranean, were recently uncovered by the Israel Antiquities Authority in Ashkelon. The excavation was done before building and Eco-Sport Park, has revealed evidence of […]