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"That triggered a clash that cost ten thousand lives, so that one can speak of the most fateful fart in world history." --Strahlungen, cited in Critique of Cynical Reason (1983)

"NOW after the death of Herod, king of Chalcis, Claudius set Agrippa, the son of Agrippa, over his uncle's kingdom, while Cumanus took upon him the office of procurator of the rest, which was a Roman province, and therein he succeeded Alexander, under which Cumanus began the troubles, and the Jews ruin came on ; for when the multitude were come together to Jerusalem, to the feast of unleavened bread, and a Roman co hort stood over the cloisters of the temple, ( for they always were armed and kept guard at the festivals, to preventany innovation, which the multitude thus gathered together might make), one of the soldiers pulled back his garment, and couring down after an indecent manner, and turned his breech to the Jews, and spake such words as you may expect upon such a posture . At this the whole multitude had indignation, and made a clamour to Cumanus, that he would punish the soldier ; while the rasher part of the youth , and such as were naturally the most tumultu ous, fell to fighting, and caught up stones, and threw them at the soldiers . Upon which Cumanus was afraid lest all the people should make assault upon him, and sent to call for more armed men, who, when they came in great numbers into the clois ters, the Jews were in a very great consternation , and being beaten out of the temple, they ran into the city, and the vio lence with which they crowded to get out was so great, that they trode upon each other, and squeezed one another, till ten thousand of them were killed , insomuch that this feast became the cause of mourning to the whole nation, and every family lamented (their own relations)."--The Wars of the Jews; Or, The History of the Destruction of Jerusalem

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Josephus (AD 37 – c. 100), also known as Yosef Ben Matityahu (Joseph, son of Matthias) and, after he became a Roman citizen, as Titus Flavius Josephus, was a first-century Jewish historian and apologist of priestly and royal ancestry who survived and recorded the destruction of Jerusalem in ad 70. His works give an important insight into first-century Judaism.

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