Pontius Pilate was the fifth Roman Procurator of Judea, serving in that capacity in 26–36 CE. Sources describe him as a cruel and unsympathetic ruler who was insensitive to Jewish religious feelings. According to the New Testament, he was the one who sentenced Jesus to be crucified. The inscription presented here is the only object from his time that bears his name. It was found reused in the staircase of the Roman theater of Caesarea, the provincial capital; it was probably originally set into a temple built in the city in honor of Emperor Tiberius.
... building in honor of] Tiberius ... Pon]tius Pilate ... Praef]ect of Judea