AUGUSTUS. AUGUST ALL OF US! - ULTIMATE THROWBOACK #TBT
Happy August everybody (and throwback Thursday)! This lovely summer month is named after the Emperor of Rome in the first century C.E.—Augustus. Can you say “throwback”? Augustus had respect for the Jews in Judea and their ruler, Herod.
The fragment of a cup bottom with Jewish symbols from Rome circa 300-350 C.E. shines with menorahs, a shofar, a lulav, and an open Torah ark with scrolls inside. The design is a potpourri of Jewish symbols still known and used today. The thick and solid structure of this object is representative of Judaism’s resilience. The fragmentation of this cup bottom is symbolic of Judaism. As this cup has survived thousands of years, so have the Jews.
So while you’re probably sipping from a cup that looks nothing like this, remember that there’s a chance your Judaism has come from ancient Rome — aka has survived A LONG time, even dating back to a time when our calendar months were being named! #tbt
Fragment of a Cup bottom with Jewish symbols, Rome, gold glass, fragment, ca. 300-350 C.E.