Political map of Europe & the Mediterranean 14 April 70 AD (Siege of Jerusalem): Upon becoming Roman emperor (69), Vespasian left suppressing the three-year-old Jewish revolt in the hands of his son Titus. In April 70 Titus besieged the Jewish capital and holy city of Jerusalem (Siege of Jerusalem (70 CE)), capturing it in September and razing the city and its temple (Second Temple) to the ground. After enslaving the survivors, Titus moved on to besiege the Sicarii at Masada (Siege of Masada), eventually capturing that formidable fortress in 73 and bringing the Great Jewish Revolt to an end.