Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Romans and Jews

A Roman Among Jews

Credit: Gaby Laron

View of the monumental building on the north side of the decumanus with a pile of collapsed columns in the courtyard -- probably the result of an earthquake.

Coins depict a temple to Roman gods Zeus and Tyche

This new finding demonstrates not only the religious life, culture and society in Roman and Byzantine Zippori (the capital of Galilee during the Roman period), but also that this was a city in which Jews, pagans and later Christians lived together and developed their hometown with various buildings.

This looks similar to Cordoba, Spain or Malacca, Malaysia, where multiple religious groups lived peacefully intertwined. Oh, I don't know, it could be a model to adopt, no? :-)

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