Above all, the Romans did not dedicate so much of their resources into putting down the Jewish revolt simply because they viewed them as another nameless barbarian tribe to be civilized. As Josephus had been adopted by Emperor Vespasian into his Flavius family, and wrote a huge body of apologetic literature defending the image of the Jews in the Roman world as a civilized people, the Roman elite would have been keenly aware of the Jews' self-consciousness as an illustrious and ancient nation, and that even in Roman times, the anointed King of the Jews was required to recite in the Temple concerning Israel a passage from Deuteronomy "One from among your brethren you shall set as king over you; you may not put a foreigner over you, who is not your brother." The Romans understood this and knew that if the Jewish rebellion succeeded it would be a harbinger for other rebellions. Roman historians testify that the best Roman generals were required to subdue the Jews, yet nearly failed.
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