Tuesday, May 24, 2022

A Jewish gladiator's helmet in Pompeii?

MARTIAL MATERIAL CULTURE: A JEWISH GLADIATOR IN POMPEII. Gladiatorial games were not uncommon to the Jews before the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE, says a noted historian in Jews and Judaism Professor Samuele Rocca. (Brenda Lee Bohen, Toronto Tribune).
In his essay “A Jewish Gladiator in Pompeii,” Rocca focuses on a bronze gladiatorial helmet that depicts a seven-branched palm tree.
For many PaleoJudaica posts on the eruption of Vesuvius and its destruction of Pompeii and Heculaneum, see here and here and follow the links. For additional evidence for a Jewish presence in Pompeii, see here and links.

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