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Vespasian begins to retake Judea

Contributed by David Verne

Vespasian, an experienced general and statesman, has been called out of retirement by Nero and is sent to end the Jewish Revolt. By June, Vespasian is ready to begin the campaign with an army of 60,000 and is joined by Titus, his oldest son, who brought extra soldiers from Egypt. The Romans march on Jotapata, the headquarters of Josephus, a 30 year old priest who commanded the rebels in Galilee. After a brutal 47 day siege, a deserter told Vespasian that the city guards slept in the early morning. Titus leads a small force that scales the walls and opens the gates. The Romans kill a reported 40,00 inhabitants and enslave another 1,200. Josephus is spared and will be used as a translator by Vespasian for the remaining of the war. After the war, Josephus will write several histories and will provide an eyewitness account of the war. By winter, all resistance in the north of Judea is crushed and 100,000 Jews have been killed or sold into slavery. [1] [2]

My Take by David Verne
It speaks volumes about the skill of Vespasian that he was put in command, as he was forced into retirement after commiting the grave crime of falling asleep during one of Nero's lyre performances. He will continue his campaign in the spring, but in mid-summer an unexpected message from Rome will halt all progress. Nero had committed suicide, and the governor of Hispania, Galba, was now Emperor. Next year isn't the Year of Four Emperors, that will be 69AD.

Baekje, Silla, Gaya, and Goguryeo: The State of the Korean Penninsual

Contributed by Southpaw Ben

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baekje https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silla https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goguryeo https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaya_confederacy

My Take by Southpaw Ben

See Also


  1. Dando-Collins, Stephen (2010). Legions of Rome. St. Martin's Press. 
  2. Duncan, Mike (August 30, 2009). What an Artist the World is Losing.

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