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Caesarea In The Time Of Eusebius

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Caesarea, the capital of Syria Palaestina, was the seat of the Roman governor and of the financial procurator of that province. According to Eusebius on April 2, 306 a severe earthquake struck the city, making the entire city to tremble, so that people had supposed that the whole place, together with its inhabitants, was about to be destroyed on that day. Under Hadrian the wall was hardly recognized on the east as a significant landmark in the urban space. The orthogonal city-plan within the Herodian wall was maintained throughout antiquity with only minor modifications. Herod's palace, constructed on a promontory on the south of the city, becoming the praetorium of the Roman governors, was enlarged and elaborated. A palatial mansion was constructed in the fourth century to the south of the praetorium procuratoris. The ludus was a school or caserne for training gladiators.

Keywords: Caesarea; Eusebius; ludus; praetorium procuratoris; Roman governors; urban space



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