By Steve Mason

ISBN-10: 052185329X

ISBN-13: 9780521853293

A clash that erupted among Roman legions and a few Judaeans in overdue A.D. sixty six had an incalculable effect on Rome's actual visual appeal and imperial governance; on historic Jews bereft in their mother-city and temple; and on early Christian fortunes. ancient 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 suitable contexts (e.g., the Parthian size, Judaea's position in Roman Syria) and levels, from the Hasmoneans to the autumn of Masada. Mason ways each one subject as a historic research, clarifying difficulties that must be solved, knowing the on hand proof, and contemplating situations that will clarify the facts. the easiest reconstructions make the clash extra humanly intelligible whereas casting doubt on acquired wisdom.

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On many of them were woven carpets laced with gold, and all were framed in carefully wrought gold and elephant [ivory]. Through several representations [possibly counterfeits: διὰ πολλῶν δὲ μιμημάτων; cf. Latin simulacra], the war, now all divided up into segments, produced a vivid spectacle of itself, running from one scene to the next. , they had been in the past], but through a land aflame on every side. Josephus makes clear the scale of contrivance and production. The regime’s people have created a show for the masses, with gigantic picture-books.

Going to war could get him killed. Second-century emperors would decide they had no choice but to become a “fellow-soldier” if they hoped to keep the army’s loyalty and pre-empt challenge from popular commanders,55 but the Julio-Claudians had not yet embraced this reality. Tiberius had commanded 55 Campbell 1984: 49–55, 65–69. D. 14) and triumphed as Augustus’ heir,56 but not as emperor. D. 17 he (via the Senate) awarded his nephew Germanicus a triumph, merely for crossing the Rhine and recovering a legionary standard from the Germans.

Coins are needed anyway, and something has to be on them. The new regime had a blank slate for imperial imagination. D. 80, and completed by Domitian. 103 The silhouette of the restored ruin continues to embody Rome’s tourist appeal. Conservative in its own ways, Rome did not yet have a permanent amphitheatre in 71. According to Suetonius (Vesp. 104 In any case, this was Rome’s first, and an architectural and technical marvel it was. 105 The Haterii tomb relief (Fig. 2) and Titus’ coins show that the main entrance was surmounted by a triumphal chariot, connecting the building with the dominant theme of victory in Judaea.

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