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The City in Roman Palestine$
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Daniel Sperber

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195098822

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780195098822.001.0001

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City Walls

City Walls

(p.117) 8 City Walls
The City in Roman Palestine

Daniel Sperber

Oxford University Press

References to a variety of topics relating to city walls appear not infrequently in Rabbinic sources. This is by no means surprising, since quite a number of Palestinian Roman (and Byzantine) cities were walled. Such was the case with Caesarea, Beit Shean, Jerusalem, Gaza, Ashkelon, Akko, Neopolis, Tiberias, Emmaus, Beit Guvrin, and Ashdod. The importance attributed to such walls is clearly expressed in the following parable in Mechilta Yitro, 5, ed. Horowitz-Rabin p. 219: … A certain person entered the city. He said to them (the citizens): I will rule over you. They said to him: Have you done anything for our good that you should rule over us? (i.e., that we should accept you as our ruler)? What did he do? He built them a wall, and brought them water [into the city] (See discussion below). … Some of these walled cities are portrayed in the mosaic Medva (Medeba) map of the late sixth century C.E. We shall begin our survey with what is known about financing the building and upkeep of city walls. We ended the last chapter with a reference to the discussion in Baba Batra on walls and their upkeep.

Keywords:   Amphitheatre, Burgos, Circuses, Defense, Entertainments, Gatekeeper, Inscriptions, Platea, Ramparts, Security

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