The Jewish community which is in Rome is known as the oldest Jewishcommunity in the Europe. Also, it is known as the oldest settlement in theworld and it dates to the 161.
B.C.E. When Jonahan, Eupolemus, Jason Ben andEleazar came as envoys of Judah Maccabee, Other delegations had been sent byHamonean rulers in 150 and 139 B.C.E.
By the time, Jewish prisoners of war hadbeen brought to Rome to be made slaves after the Romans invaded Judea in 63B.C.E. Jewish merchants who were looking for the job opportunities went to theRome and in that time, Jewish delegates also went to the Rome with diplomaticmissions. Thus, people who went to the Rome made decision to stay and live inthere and population rate of Jewish started to increase. Relationships with the rulers in Rome were goodalthough treatment that is applied by the Romans in Palestine to the Jews washarsh. For example, it was known well that Julius Caser was friends with Jewsand he accepted Jews to settle anywhere in Rome.
According to the historians,Roman Jews were crying all day and night on the Caesar’s tomb when Caesar waskilled by Brutus in 44 B.C.E. Augustus acted toward the Jews and he plannedgrain distribution in the way that Jewish Sabbath cannot interfere. Twosynagogues were built by the slaves who was freed by Augustus (14 B.C.E) andAgrippa(12 B.C.
E).In the classic period, Jews were exiled from Rome for twotimes in 19 C.E-49 C.E. Reason of the first exile was a Roman woman who was attracted to JudaismFulvia. The second deportationhappened because of disturbances that caused by the rise of Christianity.However, it is not certain that these measures were carried out or that periodof deportation took a long time.
In Palestine, during the Jewish-Roman battles66-73 and 132-135, Jewish prisoners of war was bringing to the Rome and theywere accepted as slaves. Majority of the oldest Jewish Roman families followancestry in the city to this time. Jewish academicians who are from Israel werecoming to the Rome in 95-96. Jews were allowed as Roman citizens by Caracella.The Roman Jewishcommunity became firmly established since the second half of the first centuryC.E. Most of the community were peddlers, craftsman and shopkeepers. However, therewere other actors who became actors, poets and doctors.
Satiric poets of the time,for example Martial, indicated thechoked activities of the Jewish peddlers and beggars in their poetries.Evidence has been found that twelve synagogues were open during this period(although not at the same time). Unfortunately, none of those synagogues havebeen protected.
Since 2nd C.B.C, Jews were living inthe Rome. Laws that allowed to protect to worship Jews chose had been supportedby Caesar and Augustus.
Then, Synagogues were allowed to be able to collect thetax that paid yearly by every Jewish men for temple maintenance and classifiedas colleges to get around Roman rules banning secret societies. By time, therewere some problems and one of these problems is exiled of the Jewish in 139B.C. in 19 A.D. They had been banished from the Rome but after that, they hadbeen allowed to turn back and go on their lives by independently existenceunder the Roman laws. In the history of Jews in Judaea, there were some revolts against to theRoman laws by the Jews.
The first revolt was the consequent of long series ofclashes in the small groups of Jews that had been responded with sporadicresistance against the Romans. After the loss of AD 66 Jews, when Jews revoltthey discarded Romans from the Jerusalem and they destroyed in the pass ofBeth-Horon that is a Roman punitive force under Gallus which is the imperiallegate in Syria. Then, a revolutionist government was established andpopulation of the whole country had extended as country. Vespasian had beensent to the country to finish the rebellion by the Romans and he met withJosephus who is a historian to go to Galilee that the historian Josephus headedthe Jewish forces together.
The army of Josephus faced with the army ofVespasian and they runned. Josephus had given up and Roman forces had swept thecountry after the fall of castle of Jatapata. Jerusalem had fell in AD 70 onthe 9th of the month of Av also, Jewish state collapsed and theTemple had been burned.
However, castle of Masada could not be conquered untilApril 73 by the Roman general Flavius Silva. This revolt had been some wars andrevolts; First Jewish Roman War, Kitos war and BAR Kohba Revolt. The FirstJewish-Roman War had started in 66 CE and finished in 73 CE. This war is calledas the First Jewish Revolt or the Great Jewish Revolt. It continued untildestruction of the 2nd temple and of Jerusalem and fall of Galileein 67 C.E and to the Fiscus Judaicus in 70 C.E and finally the falling of theMasada in 73 C.E.
Then Kitos war had happened in 115 C.E to 117 C.E.
and it isknown as ”Rebellion of Exile”.Bar Kohba revolt hadstarted in 132 B.C and finished in 136 C.E. This revolt is called as te SecondJewish-Roman War or also it is known as the Third Jewish-Roman War.
(?f KitosWar is counted) In 66 C.E, The First Jewish-Roman War started because of high tension ofreligious between Greek and by the time it became worse because of attacks tothe Roman citizens and anti-taxation protests. Then, there had happened arevolts as a response for people who had been executed Jews of up to 6,000 inJerusalem and the Roman plunder of the Second Jewish Temple. Garrison of theRoman military of Judaea had been occupied by the Jewish rebels. The kingAgrippa II who had stand with Romans had runned with the important people ofRome from Jerusalem. When it had been understood that the rebellion cannot becontrolled by people, Cestius Gallus and the legate of Syria had brought thearmy of Syria, to be able to restore order and quell the revolt, depends onreinforced by auxiliary troops XII Fulminate. Although all improvements, Jewishrebels ambush and defeated the Syrian Legion at the Battle of Beth Horon with6,000 Roman people and Legion Aquila could not be found by anyone. They hadlost and this lost had been cause of shock for Roma leaders.
Duty of quell thecontinuance of the riot in Judaea had been given to the general Vespasian whois so experienced and his son and he was second-in-command. Four legions hadbeen given to the Vespasian and he had been assisted by the forces of KingAgrippa II and he had invaded Galilee in 67 CE. A campaign had been started topunish the people and to destroy castles of rebels while the attack was avoidedby forces of Titus in Jerusalem. In months, one of the most important castle ofJewish ‘Galilee’ had been taken over by Vespasian and Titus.After 47 days, Jotapata under command of Yosefben Matitiyahu overran. At the same time, conquering plan of Sicarii leaderMenahem was not successful in in Jerusalem and this attempt was cause of hisexecution. Judean government oust the leader of a village, who is SimonBar-Giora, frm the city.
Thus Ananus Ben Ananus started to make the city morepowerful place. So many refugees and rebels of Zealot had come to the city andthose people were driven from Galilee and they were cause of political problemsin Jerusalem. It was proven that Zealot factions of the Northern Revolt underthe command of John of Giscala and Eleazar ben Simon and confrontation betweenthe mainly Sadducee Jerusalemites. Ananus ben Ananus who fighted on the side ofthe Zealots with Edomites entering the city and the forces had been damaged. Simon Bar Giora who commanded tov15.
000 soldiers hadbeen invited to the Jerusalem to be able to stand against to the Zealots bythe leaders of Sadduce and he controlled the big part of city fastly. Unfortunately,fights between Elazar and Bar Giora had continued until 69 C.E. Because of thewar in the city and political issues, army operations almost stopped andVespasian went back to the Rome then, he had been allowed as a new king in 69C.E.
With Vespasian’s departure, Titus besieged the centre of rebel resistancein Jerusalem in early 70 C?.E. Although the first two walls had been breached in threeweeks, a stubborn had prevented the wall that is third of the Rome Army and thestrongest one to be broken. After seven months, Romans had succeeded to breachthe weak Jewish forces in 70 C.E. Following the fall of Jerusalem, Titus leftfor Rome, while LegionX Fretens is defeated the remaining Jewish strongholds later on,finalizing the Roman campaign in Masada in 73/74 CECaesarea Eusebius and some Christian resourcesnoted that Constantine had experienced a striking occurrence in 312 at theBattle of the Milvian Bridge, and after that Constantine wanted to be sovereignempire of the West.In accordance with these sources, The Emperor Constantinewas looking at the sun before the war and he saw a glowing cross on it and sawsome Greek words which mean a sign of victory.
The Constantine orderedhis soldiers to decorate their protective shields with the symbol whichrepresents Christianity and after that Constantine and his soldiers becamevictorious side .After the war, the new emperor came to ignore the altar of thegods arranging in the Capitoline, and did not make traditional sacrificesto celebrate a triumphant Roman entry, rather than going directly to theempire’s palace. Nevertheless, the most powerful people of the empire,especially the superior army authorities, did not change their religions intoChristianity and became member of a Roman traditional religions; Constantine’srule seemed at least willing to comfort these groups.After the war , Romanmoney included the Roman Gods and this situation took 8 years. The memorialsthat be built , like the Arch of Constantine, did not contain any signsabout the Christianity.
Constantine and Licinius declared that it isright that each of the Christians and others must have the freedom tobelieve the best-appearing religion in 313 so he tolerated beliefs whichare Christianity and other religions. Milano? Edict took the previous Galerius’ Tolerance Edict a stepforward in 311 and ?confiscated the Church goods. Milano Edict is declaration for tolerance of Christianity in the Roman Empire. TheRoman emperors concluded a political agreement between Constantine I andLicinius in Milan on February 313. In June 313 Licinius declared to EasternRome that everyone had the rights to worship God they wanted. Christiansthus have legal rights, including the establishment of churches.
According to Edict,the property seized in the state would be returned to the Christiansimmediately. Constitution of Constantine I, and an allegedreligious order in the Roman Empire; in fact, is a breakdown of thenegotiations between Licinius and Constantine in Milan, a legitimate document,a complete breakdown of the freedom of the nobility, the compensation of thesufferings of Christians, and so on.