A comet, as depicted in Ambroise Paré’s complete works, XVIth century.

Figure d’une Comete admirable veuë en l’air.
Iosephe & Eusebe escrivent qu’apres la Passion de Jesus-Christ,
la miserable destruction de la ville de Hierusalem fut signifiee
par plusieurs signes, & mesme entre les autres une espouventable
Comete en forme d’espee luisante en feu, laquelle apparut bien
l’espace d’un an sur le temple: comme demonstrant que l’ire
divine se vouloit vanger de la nation Judaïque, par feu, par
sang, & par famine. Ce qui advint, & y eut une si calamiteuse
famine, que les meres mangerent leurs propres enfans: & perirent
en la Cité durant le siege des Romains plus de douze cens mille
Juifs, & en fut vendu plus de quatre vingts dix mille.

Figure of a comet seen in the air. Joseph and Eusebius write
that after the Passion of Jesus-Christ, the miserable destruction
of the city of Jerusalem was signified by several signs, and
among others a terrible Comet like a gleaming sword in flames,
that appeared for one year on the temple: as to demonstrate
that the divine anger wanted to take vengeance upon the Jewish
nation, by fire, by blood and by starvation. Which happened, and
there was such a desastrous famine, that mothers ate their own
children: and died in the City during the Roman besieging more
than 1,200,000 Jews, and 90,000 were sold.

A comet, as depicted in Ambroise Paré’s complete works, XVIth century.

Figure d’une Comete admirable veuë en l’air. Iosephe & Eusebe escrivent qu’apres la Passion de Jesus-Christ, la miserable destruction de la ville de Hierusalem fut signifiee par plusieurs signes, & mesme entre les autres une espouventable Comete en forme d’espee luisante en feu, laquelle apparut bien l’espace d’un an sur le temple: comme demonstrant que l’ire divine se vouloit vanger de la nation Judaïque, par feu, par sang, & par famine. Ce qui advint, & y eut une si calamiteuse famine, que les meres mangerent leurs propres enfans: & perirent en la Cité durant le siege des Romains plus de douze cens mille Juifs, & en fut vendu plus de quatre vingts dix mille.

Figure of a comet seen in the air. Joseph and Eusebius write that after the Passion of Jesus-Christ, the miserable destruction of the city of Jerusalem was signified by several signs, and among others a terrible Comet like a gleaming sword in flames, that appeared for one year on the temple: as to demonstrate that the divine anger wanted to take vengeance upon the Jewish nation, by fire, by blood and by starvation. Which happened, and there was such a desastrous famine, that mothers ate their own children: and died in the City during the Roman besieging more than 1,200,000 Jews, and 90,000 were sold.

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