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During the brief reign of Agrippa the Great, Judea returned to a pinnacle of wealth and prestige that had not been seen since the reign of Queen Alexandra a century earlier. Although the Kingdom reverted to a Roman province upon his death in 44, Judea’s prosperity endured. But underneath the pomp and finery, things were starting to go very, very wrong.



Flavius Josephus
The Jewish War

Flavius Josephus
Antiquities of the Jews
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Simon Schama
The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BCE-1492 CE

0:00 Intro
0:22 Judea under Nero
2:34 The Caesarea Incident
4:47 The Three Events
6:02 The Royalist Temple Siege
7:39 Beit Horon
9:43 The Judean Provisional Government
11:01 Josephus
14:02 Yodfat