L. Rusticus, Rome Mint 76 BC

August 16, 2014

This coin demonstrates Roman intentions toward Judea in 76 BC. Hyrcanus II came to power in Judea in 76 BC as well. Hyrcanus II went to Pompey the Great to intervene in the Jewish civil war which resulted in the siege of Jerusalem in 63 BC. As one can see the Roman god of war, Mars, is on the obverse. The ram representing Judea is on the reverse. Rome already had the desire to conquer Judea before Hyrcanus II came to Pompey.

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