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.

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Flavius Josephus
The Jewish War

Flavius Josephus
Antiquities of the Jews
Available free via Project Gutenberg: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/2848/2848-h/2848-h.htm

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