|Oliver at Beit Shean|
|Baths at Beit Shean|
|Earthquake damage at Beit Shean|
If it weren't late, I'd rehearse Freud's uncanny with you, because it best gets at this strange sensation of familiarity in a far-off land - and a familiarity provoked by ancient Romans! Familiarity that they themselves instilled in their take-over of a Greek town (whose foundation was, by legend, due to Dionysus). We spent a good long time at Beit Shean, and for a minute there, I forgot I was in Israel. It was familiar when it couldn't possibly have been. Where did the Crusaders think they were that it was familiar enough to possess? Where did Columbus think he was?