128: The AncientsOctober 11, 2016 by Cigars and Sea Stories | Be the first to comment »
On this episode of Cigars and Sea Stories, Mike, Bennett and guest, Eddie Lazzari talk about the ancients and how we can learn from their way of life. — It’s a rather enlightening episode through and through.
When in the military you go where the fighting is. You go where the mission planners tell you the targets are. Very rarely are we able to stop for a second, take a breath, and figure out where you are. You can’t explore like a tourist.
In Iraq we are fighting in what has been called the Fertile Crescent. The region is often called the “cradle of civilization”, as it saw the development of some of the earliest human civilizations. These civilizations flourished thanks to the water supplies and agricultural resources available. Technological advances made in the region include the development of writing, glass, the wheel, agriculture, and the use of irrigation.
Egypt, at any given moment we have at least a battalion of Army Infantry deployed on the Sinai Peninsula. That is also part of the Fertile Crescent. There is a monastery there that was built 565AD. The monastery is one of the oldest working Christian monasteries in the world. Also the site contains the world’s oldest continually operating library. St. Catherine’s monastery was built by order of Emperor Justinian I. ‘The Chapel of the Burning Bush’ at the site where Moses is supposed to have seen the flaming piece of vegetation was enclosed. This monastery sits at the foot of Mt. Sinai.
These are two places talked about on this episode. There are some amazing opportunities to see some of the ancient places while in the military. Unfortunately we are unable to stop and enjoy it most of the time.
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