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Latin dedicatory inscription mentioning Pontius Pilate, the procurator of Judea

UnknownEarly Roman Period, 26 CE - Early Roman Period, 36 CE

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

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.

Inscription:

... building in honor of] Tiberius ... Pon]tius Pilate ... Praef]ect of Judea

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  • Title: Latin dedicatory inscription mentioning Pontius Pilate, the procurator of Judea
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Early Roman Period, 26 CE - Early Roman Period, 36 CE
  • Location: Caesarea
  • Exhibition: Cradle of Christianity, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel, Spring 2000 - Winter 2001
  • Dimensions: H: 80; W: 68; D: 20 cm
  • Curator: Mevorah, David
  • Type: Inscription
  • Rights: Israel Antiquities Authority, Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Avraham Hay
  • External Link: Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • Medium: Hard limestone

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