Rome Travelogue

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  1. mycroft says:

    For those interested in Rome and Jews there is a current Coursera course

    Arch of Titus: Rome and the Menorah-from Yeshiva University and Practicing tolerance in a religious society.
    The Church and Jews in Italy University of Maryland-Bernard Dov Cooperman is another course. If one does not wish a verified certificate the courses are free. I found them both interesting and worth the time.

  2. Ben Bradley says:

    I also found it really brought home the temporary and passing nature of a huge power which seemed unbeatable at the time. And now it’s all ruins and lots of mopeds. I couldn’t get enough of it.

  3. Dani says:

    Rabbi Adlerstein, your remark regarding Roman “pop culture” rings true particularly when you consider that the Gemara in Avoda Zara 2b singles out Rome’s bacchanalian culture- not polytheism or pride- as the ultimate intent of Rome’s civic projects.

  4. mb says:

    R.Adlerstein, the travel writer! Delicious!

    (Tigers from Africa? Hmmm)

  5. Nachum says:

    There is some debate whether the “Antoninus” mentioned in the Gemara is Marcus Aurelius himself, another emperor of the same dynasty, or a local governor in Judea either from the same family or just representing it.

    You didn’t mention that the Colliseum was built by spoils from the sack if Jerusalem, a fact confirmed by the research of Professor Louis Feldman of YU and actually acknowledged by a sign at the entrance today.

    Ancient Rome was a very Jewish city- there were numerous synagogues even at the time of Julius Caesar, over a century before the Churban, and he was mourned in them- he seems to have been good to the Jews.

    [YA – Yes! I should have mentioned that. And I saw that sign pointing to the sack of Yerushalayim myself.]

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