Roman Road at Beth Shean

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Beth Shean is a dramatic archaeological site in Israel. It is one of the ten Roman decapolis cities, and only one of two decapolis cities located in Israel today. When you visit Beth Shean, you will be walking through extensive Roman ruins of a city that was thriving at the time of Jesus. This main street was decorated with statues.  Seen below is a Corinthian capital of a pillar, bearing the head of the Greek god Dionysus (Dionysos, also commonly known by his Roman name Bacchus), the god of wine and the patron of the city. According to Greek mythology the city was founded by the wine God Dionysos who lived in the city. According to the legend,  his nursemaid Nysa who breast-fed him was buried in the city, so it was named Nysa-Scythopolis or Nisa.

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