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Title / Description: Tiberias facing SouthCommentary: Tiberias, founded by Herod's son Herod Antipas around 20 CE, is nestled between the western shore of the Sea of Galilee and the foot of Mount Berenice. In this picture Tiberias' location on the water can be seen; more of the Sea and the surrounding hilly country appears in the background of the picture. Tiberias was quite prosperous during the Roman period, and became an important center for Jewish study and life, and remained an important city during the early Arab period (638-1099 CE). The city was destroyed by an earthquake in 1033 and was soon resettled slightly north, where a modern city remains today. In this picture, the ancient city is located closer to the right side of the picture, while the modern city is concentrated on the left side of the picture.
Provenance: Galilee, Israel
Date: photo taken 1950's A.D.
The New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land, vol. 4
Author of Commentary: Adam Mendelson
Source: Phinney, D. Nathan Leander Keck slide collection