"Roman Procurator of Judea, infamous for his public greed, splitting and paring innocent men for his own personal gain."
A Roman procurator of Judea, Gessius Florus was notorious for his insatiable avarice. The Jews hated him for his corruption, selfishness and extortion of taxes. He was notorious for favoring the Greek pagan population of Judea over the Jews, even allowing them to sacrifice animals outside the door of the synagogue, which was a defilement of the temple. When the Jewish people complained, despite agreeing to his demands for payment to hear their pleas, Florus ignored them and had the petitioners put in prison.
In his desire for wealth, Florus sent his men to raid the Second Temple of Jerusalem for money that he claimed was owed to the Emperor. The Jewish people ridiculed him for this; in response Florus had the city raided and several Jewish leaders were illegally executed by crucifixion.
As a result, the Romans were driven out of Judea by rioting Jews in the first Jewish-Roman War. Florus wanted to command relief troops to suppress the revolt, but Emperor Nero, the last in the line of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, removed Florus from his post and instead had three legions put under the command of Captain Titus Flavius and his father, the veteran Roman general Vespasian.
"You want me to hear your petition? It will be expensive..."
"Seven gold talents is my fee. Put them on the scale..."
"Thank you for your payment. By Roman decree, your petition is denied..."
"I don't care how much they've paid, throw the petitioners in prison..."
"Send a detachment and TAKE the gold from their temple..."
"Tell the citizens of Jerusalem that the gold is for the Emperor"
"I am their procurator and they openly mock me!"
"Passing around a basket on the city streets as if I was poor!"
"Pillage the great market in Jerusalem, take everything!"
"Bring the criminals to me, women and children, too..."
"No amount of gold will keep them all from being crucified..."
"I will pardon the looters only if they give us a share of their spoils..."
"Please... I had debts to repay!"
"I never took bribes..."
"I humble myself before you..."
"Don't punish my family. I did it for them..."
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