AND now Vespasian had fortified all the places round about Jerusalem,
and erected citadels at Jericho and Adida, and placed garrisons in them
both, partly out of his own Romans, and partly out of the body of his auxiliaries.
He also sent Lucius Annius to Gerasa, and delivered to him a body of horsemen,
and a considerable number of footmen. So when he had taken the city, which
he did at the first onset, he slew a thousand of those young men who had
not prevented him by flying away; but he took their families captive, and
permitted his soldiers to plunder them of their effects; after which he
set fire to their houses, and went away to the adjoining villages, while
the men of power fled away, and the weaker part were destroyed, and what
was remaining was all burnt down. And now the war having gone through all
the mountainous country, and all the plain country also, those that were
at Jerusalem were deprived of the liberty of going out of the city; for
as to such as had a mind to desert, they were watched by the zealots; and
as to such as were not yet on the side of the Romans, their army kept them
in, by encompassing the city round about on all sides.