Titus Destroys Jerusalem

In the first century CE, Judea was ruled by Rome. The Jews sparked a war when they refused to pay Roman taxes in 66 CE, and Emperor Nero sent an army to quell the rebellion. Titus led a long seige on the Jewish stronghold of Jerusalem, and after four years his troops sacked the weakened city and destroyed the temple. The following documents describe the background of the conflict and the destruction of the city.