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Cornelius Tacitus

Pompey Enters the Holy of Holies

In his work The Histories Cornelius Tacitus recorded:

"Roman control of Judaea was first established by Gnaeus Pompey. As victor he claimed the right to enter the Temple, and this incident gave rise to the common impression that it contained no representation of the deity - the sanctuary was empty and the Holy of Holies untenanted."

Cornelius Tacitus, "The Histories" Book 5: 11-12