FOUNDED BY HEROD ANTIPAS in 19 C.E., Tiberias was an important cosmopolitan center only 4 miles south of Taricheae. Its Roman-style theater, located at the foot of Mt. Berenice, was discovered in 1990, and subsequent excavation revealed it could seat more than 7,000 spectators. The city also included a royal palace, bathhouses, and synagogues. According to early Jewish sources, just beyond the gates of Tiberias was the small village of Migdal Nunayya, the only place on the Sea of Galilee that may have been called Magdala in the first few centuries C.E.