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Emet m'Tsiyon

Thursday, June 16, 2005

JERUSALEM, Splendid in Ancient Eyes

The modern detractors of us Jews and our history not only falsify what happened in the Israeli War of Independence but fundamentally distort all of our history --ancient, medieval, and modern-- covering up in particular the esteem in which ancient Jews were often held.

Pliny the Elder, one of the great scholars of ancient Rome, wrote in his Natural History:

... Jerusalem, the most illustrious city of the East by far, not merely of Judea...

... Hierosolyma, longe clarissima urbium Orientis non Iudaeae modo...

Naturalis Historia, V:70 [translation by Eliyahu m'Tsiyon -- Latin original in Loeb Classical Library edition of Natural History and in M. Stern, Greek and Latin Authors on Jews and Judaism (Jerusalem: Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 1974), p 469]

Note that the country in which Jerusalem is located is called Judea (IVDAEA), not by the P-name.

Coming soon. Karl Marx on Muslim & Christian oppression of Jews in Jerusalem. Was Marx politically incorrect?


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