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Migdal is a town in the Northern District of Israel. It was founded in 1910, and granted local council status in 1949. In it had a population of.Migdal is located near Ginosar, and about 8 km north of Tiberias. It has a shoreline on the Sea of Galilee, including the Tamar, Ilanot and Arbel beaches.HistoryAntiquityJosephus, in his extensive accounts of the military history of Taricheae, relates that Cassius, the governor of Syria between 53 and 51 BCE, attacked the city and took 30,000 men into slavery. During the time, Josephus was the head of the Galilean revolutionaries' army (66 - c. 70 CE), and tells of fortifying the city which served as his headquarters. He counted some 40,000 men from within it among his supporters.Josephus also recounts imprisoning 600 members of the Roman council at Tiberias in Taricheae, which served as a Zealot stronghold until it fell to Romans in 67 CE. Also recorded are the deaths of 6,700 Jews in the battle with Vespasian's army in 67 CE, and the fate of 1,200 more who had surrendered, and were then led out to the stadium in Tiberias where they were executed. Another 6,000 youths were sent away to Nero and 30,400 were sold into slavery, save those who were given as a present to Agrippa. Included in the territory of Agrippa II by Nero, following his death, it was attached to the Roman province of Judaea.
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