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In a bronze inscription, a remnant of Roman might
Times of Israel ^ | Saturday, April 21, 2012 | Matti Friedman

Posted on 04/22/2012 8:41:38 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

We do not know the name of the Roman war veteran who owned this bronze certificate, which marked his discharge from active service 1,922 years ago. His name was engraved on the tablet when it was issued in Rome, but that part is missing.

We do know that he was discharged in 90 CE and that he served in one of the empire's combat units stationed in the unruly province of Judea. Because a Roman soldier served 25 years before being released, we can deduce that this anonymous fighter was in active service as a younger man during one of the key events in Jewish history: Rome's suppression of the Jewish revolt and destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 CE. He might have been a participant.

The certificate, currently displayed along with other Roman military artifacts at the Israel Museum, was a copy given to the soldier -- the original remained the property of the government and would have been displayed in Rome, on the Capitoline Hill or in the Forum. It was issued, the text informs us, in the name of the emperor Domitian, identified here as "Imperator Caesar Domitianus Augustus Germanicus, son of the deified Vespasian, Pontifex Maximus."

The inscription also identifies the commander of Rome's forces in Judea at the time, an imperial administrator named Titus Pomponius Bassus, who was known to scholars from other records. Bassus spent several years as a governor in Anatolia, and later ran a government program in southern Italy that offered incentives to encourage childbirth, according to a 2003 article in the museum's journal, Studies in Archaeology, which first published details of the certificate after its acquisition. But this tablet was the first indication that Bassus had ever been governor of Judea.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; israel; judea; romanempire; romaneseuntdomus
A bronze certificate issued to a soldier 1,922 years ago is a remnant of Rome's military presence in the land of Israel (Courtesy of the Israel Museum)

In a bronze inscription, a remnant of Roman might

1 posted on 04/22/2012 8:41:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: lbryce; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks lbryce.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


2 posted on 04/22/2012 8:44:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Love this. Thanks for sharing.


3 posted on 04/22/2012 8:50:27 PM PDT by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
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To: SunkenCiv

A great post for all Freepers saving their discharge papers to show their spouse that accuses them of starting down the road to being a hoarder.


4 posted on 04/22/2012 8:56:29 PM PDT by JLS (How to turn a recession into a depression: elect a Dem president with a big majorities in Congress))
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To: SunkenCiv

Roman-related stuff is always welcome.


5 posted on 04/22/2012 9:01:51 PM PDT by Aetius
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To: SunkenCiv
We are the last vestiges of the holy roman empire. So long, and yet so far have we traveled.
6 posted on 04/22/2012 9:09:48 PM PDT by factoryrat (e are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: factoryrat
We are the last vestiges of the holy roman empire

Ummm, this plaque is a remnant of the pagan Roman Empire.

In AD 90, the Holy Roman Empire would have to wait another 600 years to start, was not all that holy, was established by a German (not a Roman), and not an empire (more a confederacy), long after the fall of the original Roman Empire.

7 posted on 04/22/2012 9:51:36 PM PDT by AnalogReigns (because REALITY is never digital...)
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To: JLS
saving their discharge papers

If that bronze tablet is the discharge certificate, I'd hate to have to carry around the 214!

8 posted on 04/22/2012 9:57:36 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: SunkenCiv

Very interesting.


9 posted on 04/22/2012 10:02:27 PM PDT by EternalVigilance ('A man with God is always in the majority.' -- John Knox)
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To: SunkenCiv
"...he was discharged in 90 CE..."

I absolutely hate that politically correct term. It's also confusing to folks who were schooled in the post-war era. Like me.

10 posted on 04/22/2012 10:28:26 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Oldest DD 214 I’ve ever seen.


11 posted on 04/22/2012 11:13:31 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Windflier

This is from the Times of Israel, and C.E. is what they use in Israel - Common Era, because, surprise, surprise, the Jews consider Jesus to be a false god and do not accept (and find absolutely revolting) the notion that their god can have a son, or for that matter, “die”.


12 posted on 04/22/2012 11:42:35 PM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: SunkenCiv

paging John Kerry! John Kerry, please pick up the white courtesy phone...


13 posted on 04/23/2012 3:49:26 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: James C. Bennett
the Jews consider Jesus to be a false god

They do not consider him to be "the" messiah.

The term C.E. is used in 90% of my college history books.

From what bodily orifice do you pull your information from?

14 posted on 04/23/2012 4:47:28 AM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: submarinerswife

I am referring to this article, not your college text book.

And yes, for the Jews, Jesus is a false god. You’re aware of the Trinity, aren’t you? Go have a discussion on this with someone who is a serious, practising Jew, and then let me know.


15 posted on 04/23/2012 5:12:49 AM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: AnalogReigns

"Welcome to Cawfee Tawk...I'm verklepmt...Topic! The Holy Roman Empire was neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire...DISCUSS!

In AD 90, the Holy Roman Empire would have to wait another 600 years to start, was not all that holy, was established by a German (not a Roman), and not an empire (more a confederacy), long after the fall of the original Roman Empire


16 posted on 04/23/2012 6:21:15 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: AnalogReigns
long after the fall of the original Roman Empire.

The original Roman Empire did not fall till 1453, something like 5 centuries after the founding of the Holy Roman Empire.

The Eastern Roman Empire is often considered a separate entity as the Byzantine Empire, but there is no particularly logical reason to do so, as it had a continuous existence (with an intermission) from Constantine to its fall.

17 posted on 04/23/2012 7:01:43 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: JRios1968

Nicely done!


18 posted on 04/23/2012 12:06:19 PM PDT by Pharmboy (She turned me into a Newt...)
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To: Pharmboy
Nicely done!


See what you did, now I am verklempt again...I'll give you another topic...

19 posted on 04/23/2012 12:18:18 PM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: AnalogReigns

Okay, back to the history books for me!


20 posted on 04/23/2012 9:58:16 PM PDT by factoryrat (e are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: SunkenCiv

...a copy given to the soldier — the original remained the property of the government...

And if the Government lost THEIR copy, you could kiss your retirement and medical benefits goodbye.

Red Tape - been around a L O N G time...


21 posted on 04/24/2012 2:47:02 AM PDT by Paisan
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To: Sherman Logan

And they considered themselves Roman. It was a crime against
civilization that the west did not help stop the moon-worshipers from taking Constantinople.


22 posted on 04/24/2012 5:15:30 PM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: Paisan

:’)


23 posted on 04/24/2012 9:08:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Mmogamer

In the 3rd Crusade western armies conquered Constantinople. The Eastern Roman Empire was re-established after a while, but it was at best a shadow of its former self. The West had at least as much to do with the eventual fall of the Empire as the Muslims.


24 posted on 04/25/2012 5:13:52 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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