In archaic timesancient GreeksEtruscans and Celts established settlements in the souththe centre and the north of Italy respectively, while various Italian tribes and Italic peoples inhabited the Italian peninsula and insular Italy. In 27 BC, Augustus established the Roman Empire and inaugurated the Pax Romanaa period of stability and relative peace in which Italy flourished as the leading political and economic centre of the known world.
It was followed by others sent by his brother Jonathan 15 years later, by Simeon inand by Hyrcanus I in Ineither these emissaries or the other Jews living in Rome were apparently accused of conducting religious propaganda among the Roman population and expelled from the city.
However, the decree soon became obsolete. Julius Caesarwho considered that the Jews represented a cohesive element in the Roman world, granted them certain exemptions to enable them to fulfill their religious duties. These exemptions were subsequently confirmed by most of the Roman emperors. Under Augustusthe number of Jews in the capital increased.
In fact, this was part of the policy to suppress the Oriental cults, and an edict was also issued ordering the Jews to leave Italy unless they abandoned their religious practices.
Tiberius abrogated the measures after Sejanus' execution. The growing friction between the Jews of Rome and the rising Christian sect led Claudius to rid Rome of both elements 49—50but this time also the decree was short-lived.
The Jewish struggle in Judea against the Romans ended in 70 with wholesale destruction and massacre and mass deportations of Jewish prisoners, a large number of whom were brought to Italy. According to later sources, 1, arrived in Rome alone, and 5, in Apulia.
There too they attained freedom after a relatively short time, and many remained in Italy. The emperor Vespasian prohibited the voluntary tribute of the shekel that Jews in the Diaspora customarily sent to the Temple and changed it to a "Jewish tribute," the Fiscus Judaicusto be paid into the public treasury.
Under Domitian 81—96 the exaction of this tax was brutally enforced.
It was mitigated by his successor Nervabut the tax was not abolished until two centuries later. The Jewish uprisings against Roman rule which broke out in Judea, Egypt, and Cyrenaica during the reigns of Trajan and Hadrian and culminated in the heroic but vain revolt of Simeon Bar Kokhba —5 are not recorded to have affected the Jews in Italy.
Antoninus Pius —61Caracalla —7Alexander Severus —35and probably other emperors displayed benevolence toward Jews. Jews were included in the edict issued by Caracalla in that extended Roman citizenship to all freemen in the empire.
From the end of the second century until the beginning of the fourth, the Jewish settlements in the Diaspora, although proselytizing intensely, did not encounter opposition from the Romans, though Septimius Severus in prohibited conversion to Judaism.
The Christian communities, however, which expanded rapidly and proved intransigent, were severely dealt with. The fact that the Jews in Italy were of petty bourgeois or even servile origin, and that they were not infrequently suspected of opposing Roman policy abroad, prevented individual Jews from attaining prominence in economic or social life.
It has been estimated that there were 50, Jews in Italy during the first century of the empire, of whom over half were concentrated in or around Rome.
In the capital, they engaged in humble occupations and lived in the proletarian sections. Cultural standards were not high, although there were painters, actors, and poets. The communities centered on the synagogues, of which 12 are known to have existed in Rome, although not contemporaneously.
The ruins of one have been discovered in Ostia. Their knowledge of Hebrew was rudimentary. The religious convictions and customs of the Jews aroused a certain interest among some sectors of the Roman population and sometimes attracted adherents.Deadliest Day in American History is September 17 – Antietam By the Numbers Sep 17, Soviet Actress and U.S.
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