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1700-year-old inscription from Galilee

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1700-year-old inscription from Galilea
1700-year-old inscription from Galilea | Photo: Miki Peleg/Israeli Antiquities Authority

In 2016, archaeologists discovered three burial inscriptions, approximately 1,700 years old, in a Roman cemetery in the ancient city of Sepphoris, near Lake Tiberias.

The Jewish Press reports that two finds have inscriptions in the Aramaic language which was widespread in the region; one is written in Greek. According to scientists, the tombstones are a valuable discovery and can bring closer the daily life of Jews in Sepphoris and the entire Galilee region. Sepphoris was the capital of Galilee from 140 to 37 BCE and then lost its position to the city of Tiberias. Sepphoris, after it had entered the sphere of Roman influence, was also called Autocratoris – in honour of Augustus.

On one of the inscriptions, we can read that the deceased was a certain Tiberian. According to the researchers, he was a resident of Tiberias, who was buried in Sepphoris by a local rabbi.


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