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17. A fresh and unusually serious and Jewish factions broke out soon after the accession of Nero. riot of the Greek It was provoked by the expedition of a large body of Egyptian Jews to Palestine, with the object of setting Jerusalem free from Roman rule. The expedition itself was fruitless, but the religious fervour which had inspired it and sent it out, found further vent in a quarrel at Alexandria, where the Jews attacked the amphitheatre in which the Greeks were assembled, alleging the illtreatment of certain of their fellows in justification and, but for the FIG.

Ambassadors of The region beyond the the First -Talmis: Front of Temple. Cataract had been for over a century entirely independent of Egypt and Gallus, not caring to venture into ; THE EARLIEST PREFECTS 19 unknown country, came to terms with the ambassadors^ by which the border territory known as the Triakontaschoinoi was constituted a Roman protectorate, but 180 ) left in the hands of the ^Ethiopians/ 3. This easy conquest of the country was celebrated by Callus with such extravagant praise of himself, that he aroused the displeasure of his master.

Partly be traced in the several outbreaks under But gradually, under the care of a sucAugustus. cession of able prefects, the state of the country was The frontiers were secured against inimproved. vasion by the defeat of the /Ethiopians by Petronius the external trade of the country was enlarged by the development of the Red Sea traffic with India and the East measures were taken, notably by Claudius, for the extension of manufactures and mineral workings ; and the government encouraged agriculture by restoring the means of irrigation in the cleansing of the canals, first done by Petronius in the reign of Augustus, and subsequently by Balbillus in that of Nero.

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