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Walking The Roman Landscape In Lower Galilee: Sepphoris, Jotapata, And Khirbet Qana

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Lower Galilee during the Roman period underwent significant political, cultural, social, and economic changes. The region offered relative ease of travel through its east-west valleys and had a significant number of villages amidst the only two cities in Galilee. This chapter examines archaeological data associated with two of those villages, Jotapata and Khirbet Qana, and the city of Sepphoris to highlight several issues that have long concerned interpreters, notably the impact of Roman rule on lower Galilean society, the nature of the relationship between city and village, and the cultural and socioeconomic character of lower Galilee prior to and following the Jewish revolt of 66-70 C.E. Roof tiles may seem an odd addition to our look at the interaction between village and city. The stone vessels like the stepped pools appear in both urban and rural settings within a defined geographic region.

Keywords: Jotapata; Khirbet Qana; Lower Galilee; Roman Landscape; Sepphoris; stone vessel



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