Romans Capture the Fortress of Antonia in the Siege of Jerusalem

Romans Capture the Fortress of Antonia in the Siege of Jerusalem

A model of the Antonia Fortress
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Siege of Jerusalem: The Fortress of Antonia is finally taken by Roman forces under the command of Titus, son of Emperor Vespasian.

Built by Herod the Great in 19 BCE, the Antonia Fortress is a military barracks that Herod named after his Roman patron, Mark Antony.

This position overlooks the Temple Mount compound, allowing the Romans to attack the Jewish Temple itself. Soon the Temple walls are set on fire, and the Roman forces will be engaged in street battles with Jewish Zealots.

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