Emperor Hadrian 'Conquers' Jerusalem Again

A new Israel Museum show centered on three bronze busts takes on Hadrian's paradoxical image as a 'bone-grinder' and as enlightened Roman ruler.

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In Jewish historiography, the Roman emperor Hadrian – or, "Hadrian the bone-grinder,” as traditional religious sources called him – has a “place of honor” on the list of those considered to be the most hated...