Horrors of the Jerusalem Siege by the Romans
Roman armies, under Titus, sealed off the city, keeping
anyone from entering or leaving it. The historian Josephus
alleys were piled high with the bodies of the aged. Children
and young people, swollen from hunger, wandered about like
ghosts until they dropped. Those who still survived were so
far spent that they couldn't bury anyone, and if they tried,
they fell dead upon the corpses themselves. The misery was
indescribable. And as soon as even a shadow of something
edible appeared anywhere, a fight began over it, and the
best of friends fought each other for it.
who tried to escape the city went straight into the arms of
the Romans...who sent them back with their hands cut off if
they were women, or crucified them in full view of the city
if they were men."
Josephus, Jewish Wars