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Arch of Titus – Ancient Rome

By |2018-04-25T08:58:14+00:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Romans|

Arch of Titus, Rome The Roman emperor Domitian built the Arch of Titus at one end of the Roman Forum in the 80s AD to remind people about his brother, the Emperor Titus' victories in the war against the Jews in Israel. The Jews objected to being part of the Roman Empire and wanted to be independent. They were leading the First [...]

What is Hanukkah? – Jewish holidays

By |2017-08-24T00:17:17+00:00August 24th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Canaanite amphora, for olive oil or wine (Bronze Age, about 1300 BC) Like all other farming communities, Jewish people celebrated harvest festivals when important crops were safely harvested and stored. One of these harvest festivals was Passover, in March or April, when the first of the spring barley was ripe. Another was Sukkot, in October, celebrating the fruit harvest. Hanukkah, [...]

First Jewish revolt – West Asian history

By |2017-08-24T00:08:05+00:00August 24th, 2017|History, West Asia|

The Roman emperor Caligula The Roman conquest of Israel and Egypt in the last century BC brought many Jews into the Roman Empire (though many Jews lived in Babylon or elsewhere in the Parthian Empire as well). Many stayed in Israel, but others moved to Rome or other parts of the Roman Empire. Because they had a different religion [...]

Roman Christians persecute the Jews

By |2017-08-23T17:52:47+00:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

A Jewish tombstone from the Roman Empire with Greek writing and menorahs (Vatican Museum, Rome) From the end of the Second Jewish Revolt and the Diaspora, around 130 AD, the Jews lived more or less quietly in the Roman Empire. They settled in cities all around the Roman and the Parthian Empires. Many Jews also moved to the trading cities of the Arabian [...]