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M.Besant E.Walter
Jerusalem, the city of Herod and Saladin

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M.Besant E.Walter
Jerusalem, the city of Herod and Saladin
page 23



VESPASIAN IN GALILEE. possessed by a divine madness, Josepbus thinks, because God would take no pity on the city and the Sanctuary. As the heavy armed Eomans plodded on their way in serried ranks, they were followed by a countless multitude, gathering in numbers every hour, who assailed them with darts, with stones, and with insults. The retreat became a flight, and Cestius brought back his army with a quarter of its numbers killed, having allowed the Koman arms to receive the most terrible disgrace they had ever endured in the East. Yespasian was sent hastily with a force of three legions, besides the cohorts of auxiliaries. A finer army had never been put into the field, nor did any army have ever harder work before them. Of the first campaign, that in Galilee, our limits will not allow us to write. In the graphic pages of Josephus, himself the hero of Jotapata, or in the still more graphic pages of Milman, may be read how the Jews fought, step by step, bringing to their defence not only the most dogged courage, but also the most ingenious devices ; how the blue waves of the Lake of Galilee were reddened with the blood of those whom the Eomans killed in thenboats ; how Vespasian broke his word and sold as slaves those he had promised to pardon ; how Gamala fought and Gischala fell, and how for the sins of the people, John was permitted by Heaven to escape and become the tyrant of Jerusalem. The months passed on, and yet the Eomans appeared not before the walls of the city. This meantime was a prey to internal evils, which when read appear almost incredible. The bold rough country folk who followed John, who had fought in Galilee, and escaped the slaughter of Vespasian, came up to the city filled with one idea, that of resistance. In their eyes a Moderate, a Eomanizer, was an enemy worse than a Eoman, for he was a traitor to the country. They found themselves in a rich and luxurious town, filled with things of which in their distant homes


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