Nothing beside remains

“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains: round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away

Pillars at Herodion, 5 km south-east of Bethlehem (15 km from Jerusalem) one of Herod the Great’s (37 – 4 BCE) most ambitious building projects. It served as his summer palace, fortress, monument, district capital and (possibly) his burial place. During the Jewish revolt against Rome in 66 CE, Jewish rebels captured it for 4 years. In 132 CE, it was captured again by Jewish rebels in the Bar Kochba revolts. It was deserted from the 7th century CE until recent decades.

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2 comments on “Nothing beside remains”

  1. What an interesting photo. Very well done Catly. There is so much history in your area. I would love to visit one day.

  2. Certainly reminds one of how all material things decay and transform. But there is enough here to stimulate the imagination into drifting back two thousand years. I especially like the written commentary that goes with this fascinating image.


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