AD 66, following the death of Nero, Josephus is leads a Jewish Revolt and only General Vespasian has the strength and will to sort out the empire.





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In the spring of 66 AD, target-failure by the tax collectors in the province of Iudea makes the Roman garrison turn on them and even the Temple in Jerusalem- a bloody revolt then ousts the governor, installing an independent regime headed by Hanan Ben-Hanan. After a 30,000 strong army was defeated and the whole 12th legion wiped out, emperor Nero, who fears the unprecedentedly serious rebellion may spread throughout the empire, sends upon the retired veteran general Vespasian, who was banished from court for falling asleep during his endless poetry, to take command, assisted by his son Titus Flavius, also a professional officer, from Greece. He fears the Jerusalem defenses and decides to terrorize the rest of the country instead. Ben Hanan tells Josephus ben Matatia, whom he puts in charge of defending Galilea, there is no hope of winning a long war, the goal is to get concessions after a good resistance. A quarter of the Roman troops is approaching, both from Antioch and Alexandria, ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Good Take on the Jewish War
5 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's where things start getting good. These next two feel like they were done by different people, and they probably were. The stories are less sensationalized and they let the actions speak for themselves a bit more. No more radical lunatics and gay dilettantes. This one focuses on the Jewish Rebellion beginning under the reign of Nero. The main characters are the future emperors Vespasian and Titus, and the Jewish historian Josephus. The real Josephus was a bit of a snake which can make the simplistic good guy-ness of this Josephus a bit annoying, but if you haven't read his works you're probably not going to be aware of how slimy he is. I didn't care much for him (at least part of that was the acting) but others might, although he's about as Jewish as the Queen is. Even if you don't like him this story focuses more on the Romans than the Jews. Seeing them attempt to portray Vespasian as he was is very nice. The guy was basically a country boy without much refinement. The acting is nothing impressive, but its certainly competent and Vespasian and his son come off both well and fairly accurately. The battle scenes are pretty good for the budget and it's nice to see these events on film regardless of scale. It was an interesting time no doubt about it.

If you're interested in this period you should also check out the TV Miniseries Masada. It covers the events right after this and is extremely entertaining.

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