Now here it was that, upon the many hardships which the Romans underwent,
Pompey could not but admire not only at the other instances of the Jews'
fortitude, but especially that they did not at all intermit their religious
services, even when they were encompassed with darts on all sides; for,
as if the city were in full peace, their daily sacrifices and purifications,
and every branch of their religious worship, was still performed to God
with the utmost exactness. Nor indeed when the temple was actually taken,
and they were every day slain about the altar, did they leave off the instances
of their Divine worship that were appointed by their law; for it was in
the third month of the siege before the Romans could even with great difficulty
overthrow one of the towers, and get into the temple. Now he that first
of all ventured to get over the wall, was Faustus Cornelius the son of
Sylla; and next after him were two centurions, Furius and Fabius; and every
one of these was followed by a cohort of his own, who encompassed the Jews
on all sides, and slew them, some of them as they were running for shelter
to the temple, and others as they, for a while, fought in their own defense.