2,000-year-old inscription dedicated to Hadrian found in Jerusalem

2,000-year-old inscription dedicated to Hadrian found in Jerusalem


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Israeli archaeologists on Tuesday released the discovery of a 2,000-year-old stone inscription dedicated to the Roman Emperor Hadrian, which in the opinion of the researchers sheds light on the Jewish revolt against the old Empire.

The stone, which measures one meter by one and a half meters and weighs a ton, was found near the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) called the find "one of the most important Latin inscriptions" discovered in the city.

The six lines engraved in white limestone are a dedication of the Roman army in honor of Emperor Hadrian, who visited the city in 130 AD.

This inscription was made before the so-called Bar Kokhba revolt (132-136 AD) against the Roman Empire”Explained Rina Avner, who led the excavation where the stone was found. He also commented that experts are divided on whether the revolt was the result of the harsh measures taken against the Jews by Hadrian, who rebuilt the city with pagan temples and renamed it Aelia Capitolina, or if on the contrary, these decrees were a punishment. for the rebellion.

Avner added that this stone “It won't change history, but it is an important piece of the puzzle we've been trying to solve for a long time.”.

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