Dr. Joel M. Hoffman
Thomas Dunne Books
JERUSALEM: AN ETERNAL CITY IN CONFLICT
Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all: the conscientious historian will correct these defects.
—MARK TWAIN, ON HERODOTUS, THE FIRST HISTORIAN
Let others praise ancient times; I’m glad I was born in these.
—OVID, FIRST CENTURY A.D.
By local reckoning, the year was that of Roman consuls Antonius and Cicero, during the 179th olympiad cycle. Only later would we date the events to 63 years before the birth of Christ, or to the 3,697th year of Creation.