The Jewish Revolt AD 66–74
Author: Si Sheppard
Illustrator: Peter Dennis
This 96 page paperback book is number 252 in the Campaigns Series of books that are available from Osprey Publishing.
In AD 66 a local disturbance in Caesarea caused by Greeks sacrificing birds in front of a local synagogue exploded into a pan-Jewish revolt against their Roman overlords. Gaining momentum, the rebels successfully occupied Jerusalem and drove off an attack by the Roman legate of Syria, Cestus Gallius, who was defeated at the battle of Beth Horon.
The emperor Nero dispatched the Roman general Vespasian along with reinforcements and, having crushed the revolt in Galilee he became embroiled in the events of the Year of the Four Emperors that would lead to his assumption of the Imperial throne. His son Titus was left to carry on the war which culminated in the dramatic siege of Jerusalem in AD 70. Remorselessly, the legions strangled the life out of the defense street by street, leaving nothing but rubble and ashes in their wake. The apotheosis of the conflict was the final stand of the last holdouts in the Temple precinct itself, and the utter annihilation of this, the physical manifestation of Judaism itself. The last remnants held out in the mountain fortress of Masada until AD 73 when with the Romans breaking down the walls the defenders committed mass suicide bringing the revolt to an end.
The contents of this book are;
- Opposing commanders
- Opposing Armies
- Opposing Plans
- The Campaign
- The Battlefield Today
As you can see from the contents of this book, you are provided with an overview of the important events and the people who were involved in the Jewish Revolt AD 66–74. For the historian this book provides an insight into the actions of this event. The figure modeler will receive a look at the clothes and uniforms of the time. The wargamer will receive an excellent overview of the historical information of the Jewish Revolt AD 66–74.
This book is available in three different formats and they are;