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Zodiac Wheel Mosaic
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Zodiac Wheel Mosaic

A detail of a mosaic depicting the signs of the zodiac. From a 6th century CE synagogue at Beth Alpha, Jezreel Valley, northern Israel.
The Black Obelisk of King Shalmaneser III
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The Black Obelisk of King Shalmaneser III

This obelisk was erected as a public monument in 825 BCE at a time of civil war. The relief sculptures glorify the achievements of King Shalmaneser III and his commander-in-chief . It lists their military campaigns of 31 years and the tribute...
Ivory Hand from The Fosse Temple
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Ivory Hand from The Fosse Temple

It is possible that this hand formed part of the temple's cult figure. LBII, 1400-1200 BCE. From the Fosse Temple at Lachish, modern-day Israel. (The British Museum, London).
Old City of Jerusalem, Reconstructed
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Old City of Jerusalem, Reconstructed

A modern reconstruction of the Old City of Jerusalem, as it would have appeared in the late 1st Century BCE. Located in Israel.
Battling Giant
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Battling Giant

The oldest known synagogue mosaic with figurative motifs, this scene depicts a battle between a giant and soldiers armed with swords, shields, and lances. The soldiers are depicted as either wounded or dead. At the edge of the mosaic a cavalryman...
Herodium
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Herodium

The Herodium, fortress and mausoleum of Herod the Great (reign c. 75 – 4 BCE). The fortress was built on the Jebel Fureidis mountain, 11 km south of Jerusalem, and completed c. 15 BCE. It included a palace structure within its walls and a...
The Masada Ramp
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The Masada Ramp

The Roman assault ramp is located on the western slope of the Masada cliff. It was constructed on a natural spur that abuts the mountain and is composed of stone and earth reinforced with timber bracings. According to Josephus, an ironclad...
Roman Camps at Masada
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Roman Camps at Masada

Following the fall of Jerusalem in 70 CE, Roman Governor Flavius Silva dispatched Legion X Fretensis - a veteran military unit - to eliminate the remaining centre of Jewish resistance at Masada in 72-73 CE. Josephus describes that the Romans...
Roman Camp, Masada
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Roman Camp, Masada

Following the fall of Jerusalem in 70 CE, Roman Governor Flavius Silva dispatched Legion X Fretensis - a veteran military unit - to eliminate the remaining centre of Jewish resistance at Masada in 72-73 CE. Josephus describes that the Romans...
King Solomon in his Palace
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King Solomon in his Palace

Artist's depiction of king Solomon in his palace.