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VESPASIAN'S GALILEE CAMPAIGN

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Galilee was thus now wholly subdued, after affording the Romans a strenuous training for the impending Jerusalem campaign.

(War 4:120)

Once in his new command, Josephus wasted most of his time in suppressing various opposing factions. He did indeed make some preparations for the coming Roman attack, trying to raise and drill troops in the Roman manner, and fortifying some of the main settlements around Galilee. His efforts were negated, however, by the refusal of the city of Sepphoris to abandon the Romans. In the meantime, the emperor Nero, apprised of the seriousness of the situation, sent his best general, Titus Flavius Vespasianus, with three legions to Judea. Vespasian set up his headquarters at Ptolemais, and from there easily penetrated Josephus" defenses and reached Sepphoris. The Galilean army dispersed almost without fighting and Josephus took refuge in the fortress of Jotapata. There he was besieged and forced to surrender after forty-seven days; he himself saved his life by a trick and was kept prisoner by the Romans. After a short rest, Vespasian again led his army into Galilee in order to complete the conquest. He came from the south by way of the Jordan Valley. Tiberias surrendered, and the remaining rebels were routed by land and sea at Taricheae. Then Vespasian turned against Gamala and took this fortress after a difficult siege, thus cutting the insurgents" lifeline to Babylonia. Some minor fortresses, Japhia and Mount Tabor, had also been captured. Before returning to Caesarea, Vespasian sent his son Titus against John of Gischala; the wily Zealot outwitted the Roman and arrived safely at Jerusalem. All Galilee and the Golan, however, were now in the hands of the Romans.

Map composed according to: (WAR 3:29, 34, 3:59, 69, 3:110-115, 3:127-134, 3:289, 3:409-413, 3:443. 505, 3:522, 542; 4:1, 120)

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