By Steve Mason
A clash that erupted among Roman legions and a few Judaeans in overdue A.D. sixty six had an incalculable influence on Rome's actual visual appeal and imperial governance; on historic Jews bereft in their mother-city and temple; and on early Christian fortunes. old scholarship and cinema alike are inclined to see the clash because the end result of lengthy Jewish resistance to Roman oppression. during this quantity, Steve Mason re-examines the conflict in all proper contexts (e.g., the Parthian size, Judaea's position in Roman Syria) and levels, from the Hasmoneans to the autumn of Masada. Mason methods each one subject as a ancient research, clarifying difficulties that must be solved, figuring out the to be had proof, and contemplating eventualities that would clarify the proof. the easiest reconstructions make the clash extra humanly intelligible whereas casting doubt on obtained wisdom.
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135). 84 The gold crowns evoke the luxury of eastern potentates, or perhaps Roman largesse, not the scenes of Flavian prowess in rural Galilee or Peraea or the capital Jerusalem. 86 If their jewels were on display, it would have been a friendly loan for the occasion. 5–13, 170–71, 185–95. Theophrastus, Lap. 36; Agatharchides, Mari eryth. 96; Strabo, Geog. 6; Athenaeus, Deipn. 45 [Kaibel]. 357). 671). 235). 105). 14). 498–500; cf. 15. 25 26 CONTEXTS jewel-encrusted specimens come from Jerusalem.
1 in the British Museum. Agreeing with Curran 2007: 85–91, by a very different route. 5; Tacitus, Hist. 2–3 (trans. Clifford H. Moore): “Some hold that in the reign of Isis the superﬂuous population of Egypt, under the leadership of Hierosolymus and Iuda, discharged itself on the neighbouring lands; many others think that 23 24 CONTEXTS it about that they had sewn up the Egyptian half of the empire, enjoying the favour of Egypt’s deities in the process, the Flavians were insinuating themselves further into the company of Augustus (with Egypt) and Pompey (with Syria) as the men who had handled the eastern menace.
76 Egypt was a critical source of grain and other goods for Rome, and Vespasian resided there for about a year after he left Judaea, precisely to secure it as a base of power. 77 When we recall that Vespasian would produce coins featuring this Temple of Isis, in a coin programme that was overwhelmingly triumphal,78 we can hardly avoid connecting the coins and the overnight stay with larger Egyptian themes and overtones in the triumph. , Zaho 2004: 16. See Beard 2007: 95–96, discussing the hypothesis that they actually stayed in the unnamed villa publica complex, a more spacious area where foreign visitors were sometimes housed.
A History of the Jewish War: AD 66-74 by Steve Mason