“allegorical logic suggests that the play is set during the Roman‐Jewish War.”
Nero was barely seventeen at the beginning of his reign, and that Britannicus was nearly fifteen when he was murdered
At length the sun rolled down his western way, And on the Temple poured its final day.
I chose therefore to transplant this conflict into the soul of a man, the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus, who, it appeared to me, had experienced it in the same way as so many do today, with the difference that he did so 1860 years ago.
Titus certainly never dreamed of mercy to the Jews ; but of course he wished to capture the city in all its proud beauty ; and to enshrine some of his demon-gods within the magnificent courts of the LORD’S house. Continue reading “Charlotte Elizabeth: Judea Capta (1845)”
The Christian overlooked this ferocious inundation and shook his head. On a mound near him stood the spirit of the mob concentrated and personified. He was screaming: “It is finished; the law is run out! All prophecy is fulfilled!”
From the first moment of their arrival in Judea they had found what they desired, — the wild excitement of active war against a race of vigilant, and courageous enemies.
The last siege and capture of Jerusalem will ever be memorable in the history of mankind.
In all history there is no drama of more terrible interest than that which terminated with the total destruction of Jerusalem.
As God has willed so it has befallen, for ‘man’s goings are of the Lord; how then can a man understand his own way?'”