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Finding the synagogue of Sussita

It was Josephus Flavius, the famous Jewish-Roman historian, who told us the forthcoming of the Jewish minority in the pagan Roman city of Antiochia Hippos during the Great Revolt in the Galilee (66-67 CE). Hippos, one of the Decapolis, was the major polis east of the Sea of Galilee, set upon Sussita Mountain crest and overlooking the Jewish city of Tiberias on the western side of the lake.

Josephus tells us that during the Great Revolt the Hippos Region was severely ravaged by the Jewish rebels though they could not have overtaken the highly fortified city itself. In return, Hippos citizens jailed the small Jewish community living among them. Nevertheless, if we put aside the tragic events of the Great Revolt and keeping in mind the cultural differences and fishing disputes over the lake, most of the time Hippos and Tiberias lived peacefully among themselves, having a short marine route between the two.

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