jan 1, 164 BC - (164 BCE)
The Maccabees regain control of Jerusalem and purify the Temple.
Alexander the Great's successors launch a
campaign of Hellenization in Israel, and they
erect a statue of Zeus in the second Temple of
Jerusalem and outlaw Jewish observances. The
Jews revolt, led by a group known as the
Maccabees, and in 164 BCE they regain control
of Jerusalem and purify the Temple. This event
forms the basis of the celebration of Hannukah.