Tuesday, May 7, 2013
On this day in 351 A.D. Jews revolted against an increasingly Christianizing Roman Empire in Palestine. The revolt was led by Isaac of Diocesarea, who, with others, stormed a Roman garrison, where they armed themselves before setting off on a killing spree that included not just Romans but Greeks and Samaritans. The revolt was put down the following year by Ursinicus, whose soldiers destroyed two of the rebel held cities, in addition to Diocesarea, which was razed to the ground. Thousands of Jews were killed. Many of them children.