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herodion and other hilltops

Herodion is an ancient hilltop fortress built by Herod, then conquered by the Romans, and later used as a base by the Jews during the Bar Kokhba revolt. (I recently read Marguerite Yourcenar’s Mémoires d’Hadrien, so I was already aware … Continue reading

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mapping, cartography, getting lost

I am usually a pretty good navigator, and I understand the position of the sun and the direction and length of shadows vis-à-vis the time of day and the points on a compass. But I am used to roads having … Continue reading

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