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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Judea Capta

 The Jews revolted against Rome, 66-70 AD, leading to tremendous violence.  This is where the famed temple of Jerusalem was destroyed (Jesus wept at its destruction) and the final massacre at Masada. The Jewish revolt had been totally demolished, and 500 a day crucified.  

After all the destruction, the Roman emperor Vespasian instituted a tax that would go towards the building of a pagan shrine where the former temple of Jerusalem once was located.  A coin was issued called Judea Capta, meaning Judea captured and destroyed, which showed a Roman soldier over a crying woman.

By Classical Numismatic Group, Inc., CC BY-SA 3.0,

Another coin lording it over the subject Jewish peoples is this Roman denarius depicting Titus, circa 79. The reverse commemorates his triumph in the Judaean wars, representing a Jewish captive kneeling in front of a trophy of arms.

By Classical Numismatic Group, Inc., CC BY-SA 3.0,

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