On Sunday, February 21, 2016, Dr. Andrea Berlin, the James R. Wiseman Chair in Classical Archaeology Professor at Boston University, will deliver the lecture “Revolt! Why the Jews Took on Rome” in the Washington, D.C. area. The event is hosted by the Biblical Archaeology Society of Northern Virginia (BASONOVA) and Biblical Archaeology Forum (BAF).
What is the real story behind the Jewish Revolt against Rome? Why would a small population without military capabilities or political allies dare to challenge a ruling power of such might?
New archaeological evidence illuminates this epochal event. The seeds of the revolt go back two generations earlier, to the lifetime of Herod the Great and his lavish lifestyle. Some Jews adopted this newly fashionable culture of wealth; others reacted strongly against it. In her illustrated lecture, Dr. Berlin will present material evidence of the king’s architectural bravado—and discuss its role in the eventual catastrophe.
Masada, the mountaintop fortress that set the stage for one of the ancient world’s most dramatic tragedies, is today one of the world’s most iconic archaeological sites. In the free ebook Masada: The Dead Sea’s Desert Fortress, discover what archaeology reveals about the Jewish defenders’ identity, fortifications and arms before their ultimate sacrifice.
Explore articles by Andrea Berlin in the BAS Library:
Andrea M. Berlin, “What’s For Dinner? The Answer Is In the Pot,” Biblical Archaeology Review, November/December 1999.
Andrea M. Berlin, “Debate: Where Was Herod’s Temple to Augustus? Banias Is Still the Best Candidate,” Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 2003.
Andrea M. Berlin and Sharon Herbert, “Life and Death on the Israel-Lebanon Border,” Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 2005.
Geoffrey B. Waywell and Andrea M. Berlin, “Monumental Tombs from Maussollos to the Maccabees,” Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 2007.
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