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In a Bronze Inscription, a Remnant of Roman Might

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 03:26 AM

In a Bronze Inscription, a Remnant of Roman Might

Nearly 2,000 years ago, a Roman soldier was honorably discharged after combat service in Judea. The paperwork is on display at the Israel Museum

By MATTI FRIEDMAN April 21, 2012, 5:57 am

The latest in a series looking at history through a single object in the archaeology collections at Israel’s national museum

"We do not know the name of the Roman war veteran who owned this bronze certificate, which marked his discharge from active service 1,922 years ago. His name was engraved on the tablet when it was issued in Rome, but that part is missing.

We do know that he was discharged in 90 CE and that he served in one of the empire’s combat units stationed in the unruly province of Judea. Because a Roman soldier served 25 years before being released, we can deduce that this anonymous fighter was in active service as a younger man during one of the key events in Jewish history: Rome’s suppression of the Jewish revolt and destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 CE. He might have been a participant."

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