Roman Solar Eclipse of 75 AD


This solar eclipse was seen in Rome during the construction of the Colosseum. Jewish slaves and temple treasure were used to fund this Roman symbol of death and terror. The Jewish ruler Agrippa II and his sister Berenice made at state visit to Rome in 75 AD. Bernice was a mistress of Titus as he destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD during the first Jewish Revolt. It is possible this solar eclipse contributed to Titus' decision not to marry Berenice. This solar eclipse is likely represented on the coins of Agrippa II from Caesarea Paneas.


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