By Steve Mason
A clash that erupted among Roman legions and a few Judaeans in overdue 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. 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 struggle in all appropriate contexts (e.g., the Parthian size, Judaea's position in Roman Syria) and levels, from the Hasmoneans to the autumn of Masada. Mason ways every one subject as a old research, clarifying difficulties that must be solved, knowing the to be had facts, and contemplating eventualities that may clarify the proof. the easiest reconstructions make the clash extra humanly intelligible whereas casting doubt on obtained wisdom.
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Extra resources for A History of the Jewish War: AD 66-74
The cult of Isis had its ups and downs ‒ enthusiastic patronage by Gaius Caligula not helping. 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.
108. See Millar 2005: 103–7. For the Circus Maximus, Dodge 1999: 237. She estimates that with Trajan’s later renovations the Circus could seat 350,000 (a third of the estimated population), in the Flavian period perhaps half that number. 319, 323, 333. A FAMOUS AND UNKNOWN WAR necessity. This is what the Flavians had to do. But their show has little connection with what (they know) really happened. 6. Given War’s detailed history of Judaea as a long-held Roman territory in Books 1 and 2, the next part of the triumph is particularly interesting.
114; cf. 263–66. A FAMOUS AND UNKNOWN WAR By diverting the residual anxiety from Rome’s crippling civil war to an alleged foreign threat, the regime could hope to consolidate loyalties orphaned by the civil war. The Judaean conﬂict was not ideal for this purpose, but since it was the foreign-ish conﬂict they had on hand, they pressed it into service. 491–663). We cannot say that the Flavians’ machinations were politically misguided, for they laid the foundation for more than a century of peaceful transition in Roman governance.
A History of the Jewish War: AD 66-74 by Steve Mason