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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 56



told in the Kabbinical accounts contain some truth. In these it is related how the birthday of an Imperial Prince fell on the 9 th of August, the anniversary of the taking of Jerusalem, and the Jews in Eome were wailing and lamenting while the rest of the world was rejoicing. Also, on another occasion, while the Imperial family were lamenting the death of a daughter, the Jews were celebrating, with the customary semblance of joy, their Feast of Lamps. Heavy persecution followed these unfortunate coincidences. The hostility of the Jews was manifested against the Greeks rather than against the Eomans. In Alexandria the Greeks massacred all the Jews. In return the Jews, under Lucuas and Andrew, spread themselves over the whole of Lower Egypt, and perpetrated ghastly atrocities. The Eoman Governor, meantime, could do nothing for want of troops. In Cyprus the Jews are said to have killed two hundred and forty thousand of their fellow-citizens. Hadrian came to their rescue, and fairly swept the insurgents out of the island, where in memory of these troubles no Jew has ever since been allowed to reside. Martius Turbo quieted the insurrection in Cyrene, and then marched into Egypt, where he found Lucuas at the head of an enormous army. Mindful, as all Jewish insurgents, of his people's traditions, and no doubt hoping for another miracle, Lucuas tried to pass by way of Suez into Palestine ; but, no miracle being interposed, he and his men were all cut to pieces. Then the Jews of Mesopotamia rose in their turn, impatient of a change of masters which gave them the cold and stern Eoman, in place of their friends, and sometimes coreligionists, the Parthians. The revolt was quelled by Lucius Quietus, who was appointed to the government of Judaea; and when Trajan died, and Hadrian ascended the throne, all the conquests in the East beyond the Euphrates were abandoned : the Jews across that river settled peacefully down with their old masters again ; and henceforward the tranquillity of these trans-Euphrates Jews wonderfully


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