Tacitus


Publius Cornelius Tacitus is considered one of the finest Roman historians. He began writing histories of Rome, its emperors and activities during the reign of Titus (son of emperor Vespasian). These were the two Roman generals responsible for masterminding the Roman side of the Jewish war between 65 and 72 A.D.

Vespasian pushed the fight to the Mount of Olives where he began the seige of the Jerusalem Temple. At that point, he was called back to Rome to become emperor in place of Nero who suddenly died. His son, Titus took over for him and successfully breached the Jewish defenses, tearing down the city walls and the temple buildings. After burning the city, he pressed on to Masada, where his troops successfully ended the Jewish revolt.

Tacitus' account of these activities are among the most interesting and detailed. Probably the best known is his "Histories". He not only addressed the circumstances, but also the Hebrew prophecies in his writings.


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