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stallations in their
basements, all the more
remarkable considering the
shortage of water in the
area. We find ritual baths as
well as luxurious bathrooms
paved with exquisite
mosaics. This preoccupation
with Jewish requirement for
ritual purity, combined with
the presence of more
sybaritic bathrooms, lead
scholars to believe that the
mansions belong to the high
priests of the Temple. This
belief is reinforced by the
proximity of the quarter to
the Temple precinct.
The interior walls of the
mansions are decorated with
colored frescoes and plaster
imitations of dressed stones.
The larger mansion had a
sumptuous reception hall,
the ceiling of which had an
intricate pattern of stucco
panels. These were found
lying on the floor and were
used for its reconstruction.
The reception hall walls
were first decorated with
frescoes and later covered
with plaster imitating
stones. Both techniques are
known from Pompeii but
there they appear in reverse
chronological order. The
frescoes in Herodian
buildings never depict peo-
ple or animals, in observa-
tion of Jewish religious laws.
Some items of furniture
and utensils were found in
the mansions and they, too,
attest to the affluence of the
inhabitants.
They are displayed in the
excavated houses. There are
high, one-legged stone tables
for serving food, and low,
three-legged tables for din-
ing —like those found
elsewhere in the Roman em-
pire.
Many of the food utensils
were made of stone which,
because they were not prone
to contamination, rendered
them ritually pure. The
glassware is especially lux-
urious and beautiful. One
pitcher is inscribed with the
name of its maker, Ennion,
and is only the fourth one of
its type found in the world.
Fragments of other vessels
by Ennion, who was a
master craftsman working
in Sidon, have been found in
the mansions.
Various sections of the
mansions were covered with
ashes and soot. Coins were
also found, bearing dates of
the first Jewish revolt
against Rome (66-70 CE).
The latest coins found are
frGrn the year 69.
The Upper City was con-
quered by the Romans one
month after they had taken
the Lower City and
destroyed the Temple.

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