Jews Built & Funded The Roman Colosseum (Kinda)

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For an overview of the construction, watch the above video.

The Roman Colosseum, one of the marvels of the ancient world, was built using money from the province of Judea. This was not a charitable gift though. The First Jewish Revolt broke out after rising tensions between the Jews and Romans and at first the Jews, though more a loose alliance of rebels than one force, pushed out the Romans. The Romans returned later and proceeded to crush all of the rebels and restore the governance of the province. One inscription referred to the spoils being taken as a funding source for the Colosseum.  This would indicate that the spoils taken from Jerusalem after the recent war went into the construction of this large, public facility. It also led to historians proposing that Jewish men were used as slaves to construct the building because it was a common Roman practice to enslave defeated people. It hasn’t been proven but it isn’t an impossibility. Therefore, indirectly and against their will, Jews both funded and possibly constructed one of the most enduring symbols of the empire of Rome.

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