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By Steve Mason

A clash that erupted among Roman legions and a few Judaeans in past due A.D. sixty six had an incalculable impression on Rome's actual visual appeal and imperial governance; on historic Jews bereft in their mother-city and temple; and on early Christian fortunes. historic scholarship and cinema alike are likely to see the clash because the fruits of lengthy Jewish resistance to Roman oppression. during this quantity, Steve Mason re-examines the battle in all correct contexts (e.g., the Parthian measurement, Judaea's position in Roman Syria) and levels, from the Hasmoneans to the autumn of Masada. Mason methods every one subject as a historic research, clarifying difficulties that must be solved, figuring out the to be had proof, and contemplating eventualities that will clarify the proof. the best reconstructions make the clash extra humanly intelligible whereas casting doubt on acquired wisdom.

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Html). Note the river-god carried on a ferculum and sacrificial bulls with attendants. A FAMOUS AND UNKNOWN WAR fall, Titus allowed his soldiers to kill and plunder for several days. Only when they were “tired of slaughtering” did he order thousands of enemy survivors to be corralled in the temple’s Court of Women. 414–15). 417). 118; cf. 36). We may be confident, from antecedent probability and Josephus’ notices alike, that these men were maltreated at every point, apart from wounds they may have sustained in combat.

See Povoledo 2012. 31 32 CONTEXTS It was a day of unstinting expense and decoration, then, a remarkable show put on by Senate and palace, for which all the available chariots, purple, and gold in Rome were pulled out of the storerooms. The city’s artisans must have worked furiously. With the notable exception of the temple spoils, however, the production had little to do with Judaea, and nothing to do with the addition of new territory. 10. 153–54): was at the shrine of Capitoline Jupiter. Having reached that point they stopped, for it was an ancient tradition to remain there until someone announced the death of the enemy general.

70 (Hist. 53). Vestal Virgins and other auspicious groups attended. Sacrifices were performed and gold and silver nuggets were sprinkled into the foundations. When Vespasian returned in the autumn of 70, he personally helped to clear debris and initiated a search for copies of the temple’s precious diplomatic records (Suetonius, Vesp. 23). For vowed temples in the Republic, see Orlin 2002: 11–75. 118 119 Beard 2007: 18–31. Pliny, Nat. 39. See Flower 2008: 74–92. For the Temple of Jupiter see Tacitus, Hist.

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