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12 Dec 2017
Emperor Tiberius Dies
Emperor Augustus Dies
Mount Vesuvius Erupts
Josephus (14) Recognized for his understanding of Jewish Law
Josephus at 16 goes on spiritual search. Spends time with the Sadducees, Pharisees, and Essenes. Lives in desert with teacher Banus
Josephus returns to Jerusalem at age 19. Decides to align himself with the Pharisees.
Josephus, at 26, travels to Rome to free priests imprisoned there. with the help of a Jewish stage actor he gains the favor of Nero's wife Poppaea, who attains their release.
Josephus returns to Jerusalem to find revolt beginning and the Antonia fortress captured. He advocates against war.
The revolutionary government appoints Josephus commander of Galilee. He fortifies the major cities.
The Roman forces under Vespasian march into Galilee. The city of Gadara falls. Josephus withdraws to Jotapata.
Jotapata falls after a six-week siege. Josephus captured. Claims that the Messianic prophecies that began the war actually applied to Vespasian, who therefore was destined to become Emperor. Vespasian, charmed, retains Josephus as hostage and interpreter.
Josephus rewarded with land in Judea, but moves to Rome. Becomes Roman citizen. Is given a commission by Vespasian to write a history of the war.
Birth of Josephus' son Hyrcanus.
Josephus receives a gift of land in Judea from Vespasian. Divorces his second wife. Marries a Jewish woman of Crete.
Birth of Josephus' son Justus.
The Jewish War
Birth of Josephus' son Simonides Agrippa.
Antiquities of the Jews
The Life of Josephus
The Life of Agricola
Dialogue on Oratory
Roman Empire Falls (West)
Julius Caesar Deified
Reign: Constantine the Great
Siege of Jerusalem
Pliny the Younger
Pliny the Elder
Vespasian continues operations in Galilee. Prepares for assault on Jerusalem.
Herod Agrippa II
Berenice of Cilicia
Hippolytus of Rome
Appianus of Alexandria
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