Oct 10 Blog
By: Reviewed by Shaye J.D. Cohen
The fiscus Judaicus was a tax imposed on the Jews of the Roman Empire by Emperor Vespasian in the early 70s C.E. Whereas formerly the Jews had sent a half shekel (two drachmas) annually to the Temple of Jerusalem, now, after the Roman destruction, they would be required to send that same amount to the temple of Jupiter Capitolinus in Rome, which had been badly damaged by fire and was in need of repair and restoration.
Oct 4 Blog
By: Noah Wiener
Surveys at ed-Dur, a prominent multi-period site in the United Arab Emirates, exposed numerous coins. While some may have come from as far as Rome, coins minted locally include the name “Abi’el, the daughter of so and so” written in Aramaic, according to a recent report in the The National.