Israeli scientists have deciphered the inscription found a century ago an ancient ring was that the name of Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor of Judea, which, according to the gospel, judged Jesus Christ and sentenced him to be crucified. This writes the academic journal of the Society for the study of Israel, reports RIA Novosti.
“The ring shows a crater (ancient wine vessel) in the frame of inscription in Greek which says “Pilate,”…”, — is spoken in article.
The researchers suggest that the ring, made of copper alloy and Dating from the first century BC — mid first century ad, could belong either to Pilate, or to the official in his administration, Jew or Gentile.
The Governor could use the ring as a seal, in addition, it could be a sign of his belonging to the Roman estate of horsemen. Ring along with many other artifacts found during the second half of 1960-ies, when excavations of the Herodion — the Palace complex that king Herod built between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
“I don’t know any other Pilate from that era, and the ring indicates that he was a man of high position”, — quotes the newspaper “Haaretz” Professor Danny Schwartz.
The inscription was discovered much later, after thoroughly cleaning the rings and photographing in special modes. Scientists have known another artifact of the same period with the name of Pilate, a stone slab, found in the seaside city of Caesarea and are now kept in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
As previously reported “FACTS” in modern Jerusalem on the way from the Palace of Pontius Pilate, the place of trial of Christ, to Golgotha surrounded by tourists shops, the owners of which, talkative Arabs, every passer-by trying to “sell” their goods — food, gift sets of pilgrims, some penny shawls and t-shirts, and quite pricey (worth 8 thousand dollars) Persian rugs.
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