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The Location of the Capitol in Aelia Capitolina

Jerome Murphy‐O'Connor

in Keys to Jerusalem

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199642021
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738555 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199642021.003.0009
The Location of the Capitol in Aelia Capitolina

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A recent study by Bernard Flusin of two documents dated to the end of the sixth century has reopened the debate concerning the location of the Capitoline temple in Aelia Capitolina. There is no doubt that the site identified as the Capitol is the present Haram esh-Sharif, because the mosque in question can only be that seen by Arculf on his visit to Jerusalem between 679 and 688. Cyril Mango immediately hailed the two Byzantine texts as the decisive confirmation of the assertion of Dio Cassius that the Capitoline temple dedicated to Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva was located on the esplanade of the great temple built by Herod the Great.

Keywords: Bernard Flusin; Capitoline temple; Aelia Capitolina

Chapter.  3711 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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