The Archaeology of Ancient Judea and Palestine

The Archaeology of Ancient Judea and Palestine

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Written for the popular reader, and beautifully illustrated with color photos of the sites and finds described, this volume presents the history and archaeology of sites within present-day Israel and Palestine. The history of the site and its study are described for the era of Roman rule extending into the Byzantine period before the advent of Islam. Among the sites described are Jerusalem, Jericho, Bethlehem, Caesarea, and Ascalon. Lewin teaches Roman history at the U. of Basilicata in Potenza, Italy. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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The regions that compose the current state of Israel and the emerging state of Palestine have yielded a wealth of fascinating archaeological evidence, from the Dead Sea Scrolls found in a cave in 1947 by a Bedouin searching for a lost sheep, to the remains of Roman camps and King Herod's luxurious palaces at the besieged city of Masada.
The authors begin with introductions to the complicated and turbulent history of the region in which a series of invaders, including Babylonians, Assyrians, Persians, and Macedonians conquered and ruled over its people. The long reign of the Romans in the area is given particular attention-a reign that produced the infamous client rulers Herod the Great and Pontius Pilate, as well as two Jewish revolts against their Roman overlords, both of which met with brutal suppression.
Lewin also analyzes eighteen ancient city-sites, including the familiar, such as Jerusalem and Bethlehem, and the less well-known, such as Herodion, with its extravagant palace-fortress, and Scythopolis, with its Roman temples and baths. This book provides an enlightening overview of a region that continues to capture the attention of the world.

Publisher: Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum, 2004
ISBN: 9780892368006
Branch Call Number: 933 LEW
Characteristics: 204 p. : ill
Additional Contributors: Di Segni, L. (Leah)
Alternative Title: Judea and Palestine


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