c.19 BC - c.A.D. 38
Roman Procurator

Pontius Pilate, procurator of Judaea, incurred the enmity of Jews by insulting their religious sensibilties when he had coins bearing pagan religious symbols minted. The Jews may have capitalized on his vulnerability by obtaining a legal death sentence on Jesus.

Following the advice of the high priest Caiaphas, Pontius Pilate, ordered the crucifixion of Jesus in Jerusalem.

A few years later Pilate was ordered back to Rome to stand trial on the charge that he executed men without proper trial. Pilate may have killed himself on orders from Emperor Caligula.

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