Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Caligula was here and so was Philo

ANCIENT HORTICULTURAL ARCHITECTURE: Archaeologists in Rome Find Spot Where Caligula Met Ill-fated Jewish Embassy. Construction works by the Tiber unearth portico where the emperor first met delegates from Alexandria, come to plead on behalf of the victims of history's first pogrom (Ariel David, Haaretz).

Philo of Alexandria led this embassy. He left his account of it in On the Embassy to Gaius. His brief narration of the first meeting with the Emperor Gaius Caligula in this garden is at §181.

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