A herald reading in public informs the Roman people of an upcoming visit of Prince Herod to the city. Because of the Prince's visit, Romans are advised to keep their mockery of the Jewish religion to a minimum.
Examines the cultural confrontation between the powerful Roman Empire and the Jewish Kingdom of Judea as Roman power and influence grew in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Romans are fascinated by the Jewish religion and the Jewish people question subordination to Roman rule.
John Green explains some of the decisions of the Roman empire that led to its demise. Most notably, Rome tried to incorporate conquered people into Roman culture, which worked in the early days of the empire, but eventually led to barbarians inside the gates.