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Episode B17 - The Valley

Synopsis:Nero crowns Tiridates King of Armenia.A succession of brutal and corrupt procurators set Judea on the path to revolt.

“Go forth unto the valley of the son of Hinnom (Gehenna), which is by the entry of the east gate, and proclaim there the words that I shall tell thee… Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have filled this place with the blood of innocents;
They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind.
Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that this place shall no more be called Tophet, nor the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of slaughter.” - Jeremiah 19:2-6
http://s407341505.onlinehome.us/Episode_B17_The_Valley.mp3

Episode B16 - Burn

Synopsis:The birth of Drusilla and Sohaemus’ son Gaius Julius Alexio.The Empire confronts the revolt of Boudica, renewed warfare in Armenia, and the Great Fire of Rome. “Rome shall perish – write that word In the blood that she has spilt; Perish, hopeless and abhorr’d, Deep in ruin as in guilt.” – William Cowper, Boadicea: An Ode http://s407341505.onlinehome.us/Episode_B16_Burn.mp3 Map of Near East c. 64AD: http://s407341505.onlinehome.us/Near_East_64AD.jpg

Help Me Help Syria

Ever since I knew the series would be spending time in Syria, I wanted to find out something I could do to try to help the situation there.Basically I wanted to find a group working in the area that I could point listeners to.Of course the problems in Syria are massive and there are a lot of great organizations doing really amazing work.

Those of you on my Facebook page know I’ve been following the damage to ancient world heritage sites in Syria and Iraq – especially ones I feel particularly close to like Nineveh and Palmyra.I’ve done whole episodes on Nineveh and the current series, Bloodline, will end up in Palmyra.When I get there I’d be very, very happy if I could still talk about it as an actual place that people can go and see, rather than a place that used to exist.
After doing some research, I’ve found an organization that I think is a really good fit.It’s called the Syrian Heritage Initiative, or SHI, and it’s fully dedicated to documenting, protecting and preserving Syria’s cu…