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Thursday, May 15, 2003  

The NYT has an interesting piece about Jewish artifacts found in Italy, some going back to the first century. There is a tombstone with an inscription that reads:

"Claudia Aster, captive from Jerusalem. Tiberius Claudius Proculus, imperial freedman, took care of this epitaph. I ask you to make sure through the law that you take care that no one casts down my inscription."

The Jerusalem Temple fell to the Romans in 70 A.D. While there is quite a bit of literary evidence about Jews taken captive into Rome, the article says that this "is the first archaeological corroboration of the plight of the Jewish captives being herded by the Romans into Italy from Jerusalem in the late first century A.D." . You might want to look at the famous Titus arch, too.

posted by Lady of Shalott | 9:12 AM
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