Edited by Avner Raban and Kenneth G. Holum Published
by E. J. Brill, Leiden, 1996
Caesarea Maritima A Retrospective after Two Millennia
· 690 pp, 100 illustrations · ISBN 90 04 10378 3 · Cloth with dustjacket NLG 335.-/US$ 216.25 · Documenta et Monumenta Orientis Antiqui, 21
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 1992-1995, 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.