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THE SERPENTS' POOL AND HEROD'S MONUMENT RECONSIDERED / בריכת הנחשים והמונומנט של הורדוס
מגן ברושי and MAGEN BROSHI
Cathedra: For the History of Eretz Israel and Its Yishuv / קתדרה: לתולדות ארץ ישראל ויישובה
חוברת 55 (ניסן תש"ן / מארס 1990), pp. 3-7
Published by: Yad Izhak Ben Zvi / יד יצחק בן-צבי
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23402124
Page Count: 5
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In his description of the circumvallation wall built by Titus around Jerusalem, Josephus mentions, among other reference points, the Serpents' Pool and near it, Herod's Monument. Since the end of the nineteenth century, most students of Jerusalem located both sites near the southwestern corner of the Old City wall. In the author's view, these identifications are erroneous, and the sites should be located near the Damascus Gate. In 1977, Sarah Ben-Arieh and Ehud Netzer excavated, north of that gate, an opus reticulatum building which they convincingly identified as Herod's Monument. An adjacent reservoir is most probably the Serpents' Pool. The pool must have supplied water to Second Commonwealth Jerusalem, and may also have been used by the Crusaders under the name Lacus Legerii.
Cathedra: For the History of Eretz Israel and Its Yishuv / קתדרה: לתולדות ארץ ישראל ויישובה © 1990 Yad Izhak Ben Zvi / יד יצחק בן-צבי