While the headlines and social media are saturated with news of the terrorists attacks in Paris, I’ve seen almost no coverage of the terrorist attacks in Beirut, which occurred one day earlier. The latest report from CNN lists 43 dead and 239 injured from a pair of suicide bombings. ISIS is causing misery in so many places and to so many people.
I looked around for Beirut wallpapers, but found only cityscapes. Looking a bit further afield, I discovered Baalbek, more properly written as Ba’albek. The site holds the best-preserved Roman ruins in the country, and the Temple of Bacchus (seen through the pillars here) was one of the largest of the Roman empire. The ancient Greeks and Romans knew the town as Heliopolis, a name I remember from my classical studies. I never realized the temple was still there.
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