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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2019 12:00 p.m. PST

"The Romans took over what is now Israel in 63 B.C. They were called in to help settle a dispute between two sects vying for the Jewish throne. The Roman general took advantage of the chaos and took over Jerusalem and installed Idumean Antipater, a Jew of the Idumean tribe from Edom, as governor of the region. The Romans named the region Judea Palestine after the earlier coastal inhabitants (the Philistines). Julius Caesar allowed the Jews to practice their religion and collect a tax for upkeep of their temple. However, subjects from all religions were expected to make sacrifices to the Roman gods and worship the Roman emperor as a god.

Jews and other tradition-rich monotheistic cultures in the Middle East were more resistant to Romanization that other parts of the empire. The fiercely nationalistic Jews bristled at the thought of worshiping the Roman emperor and as a consequence perhaps received among the harshest treatment of all Rome's subjects…"
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