Today was largely spent crossing from Israel into Jordan. For reasons best known to our local tour guide, instead of crossing at the Allenby Bridge we drove north to Bet Shean, crossed the Jordan riverand went through a very lengthy and trying transition from Israel to Jordan during which we had to show our passports on no fewer than 4 occasions, then drove south again to Jerash where we had lunch before exploring the excavated ruins.
I’m unsure of the exact function of these little alcoves in the Roman theatre, but a whisper into one will be heard quite clearly in another alcove across the way. Here M and A2 demonstrate just how this works. Is the origin of the stage whisper, I wonder? The mighty Temple of Artemis. Our expert shoppers show how canny Romans would have bagged a bargain in this multi-level store on the Cardo, or main street of the city.
One of the main reasons why the huge columns have withstood earthquakes over the centuries is because they have been made with the ability to wobble. Interlocking stone at the core fits the sections together, and when a quake strikes they simply sway.