This morning we went to the Roman city of Jerash is in a fine state of preservation. Founded in the time of Alexander the Great, it had become a centre of considerable importance by the 3rd century AD. It is one of the grandest ancient cities in the world, with an imposing collection of archways, theatres, baths and colonnaded streets. We spent just a bit over an hour here.
02 The Triumphal ArchThis arch was erected and dedicated to the Emperor Hadrian on the occasion of his visit to the city in A-D. 129/130. An inscription recording the event was built into the gate on the side facing the city, the name of the person who dedicated it, Flavius Agrippa, is also recorded, and the ancient name of the city, Antioch on the Chrysorrhoas.
04 The forumThe colonnade surrounding the Forum was probably erected some time during the second century A.D., and rests on a great wall 32 feet 6 inches in depth, all of which is buried. The enclosed space is paved, and in the centre is a plinth for a statue.
05 The forumThe forum to the right and more pillars in the background.
07 The South TheatreThe theatre stage. This theatre contains 32 tiers of seats, the lower rows of which are numbered in Greek, and could presumably be reserved. It could accommodate about 4000 people. An inscription on the wall at the right of the stage tells that a Statue of Victory which once stood there was presented by a non-commissioned officer of the army of Titus in A.D. 70.