DSCN0107 For the rest of this week, we will feature a few pictures from the First Century Roman administrative city of Caesarea Maritima. During Roman times, it was common for many cities to have a hippodrome. The name is derived from the Greek words hippos (ἵππος; "horse") and dromos (δρόμος; "course"). It was commonly used for horse and chariot racing. These seats are on the southern end of the hippodrome in Caesarea Maritima and would have been adjacent to the beautiful palace built by King Herod. While Paul was imprisoned in the palace for two years, he would have been able to hear the crowd in the hippodrome cheering on the competitors.