A Roman procurator of Judea, Gessius Florus was infamous for his public greed. The Jews hated him for his corruption, selfishness, and extortion of taxes. In his desire for wealth, Florus sent his men to raid the Second Temple of Jerusalem. As a result the Romans were driven out of Judea. Florus wanted to command relief troops to suppress the revolt, but Emperor Nero, the last in the line of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, felt that his greed would get the better of him and had three legions put under the command of captain Titus Flavius and his father, the veteran Roman general: Vespasian.
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