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Two Wars Hence

Marcus Licinius Crassus was 62 years old. He was the richest man in Rome, decorated with honors, and a member of the secret ruling Triumvirate with Julius Caesar and Pompey Magnus. But it wasn't enough for him.

In renewing his political alliance with Caesar and Pompey, they dealt out assignments and power to the members of the Triumvirate. Crassus would go southeast to fight and conquer the Parthian Empire.

Crassus was the classical expansionist. But he made the fatal error; he did not take his next opponent seriously.

As he marched his legions to fight the Parthians, he was bragging that after Parthia he would keep going -- maybe all the way to India.

He was ill-prepared for the Parthian mounted horse archers, some of the most dangerous in the ancient world. Even then, Roman allied and Crassus's officers alike recommended plans that would have saved Crassus's force if he hadn't blundered forwards.

Exploring Airman's Cave

On Tynan

We sat in the tiny passageway, exhausted. Our muscles were fatigued from overuse. We were over a mile deep into the cave, hours away from the surface, hours away from food, and hours away from water. Had our curiousity finally gotten the best of us? For the first time ever, I was worried for my life. I couldn't imagine dying, but making it out of the cave seemed even less likely.

It started months ago. After exploring the small caves at Enchanted Rock, we were eager to tackle something a bit more challenging. A search on the internet led us quickly to Airman's Cave - perhaps the most well known cave in Austin. What we didn't know at the time was that it was also an advanced level cave. Few members of the caving community in Austin would attempt the cave. With an average ceiling of 18", Airman's cave was a full 2.5 miles long. But we didn't really know that either. In fact, we knew nothing of caves or caving.

To access the cave, we had to take a hike down a dry creekbed and search for it. After wandering around for a while we spotted a large opening on the hill. That was it.

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