"Inside the city, Petronius told Yigal, 'We'll starve your Jews into common sense. They'll commit their own suicide.' And he threw a cordon about the Jews , allowing none to leave, and all through the blazing day the Jews lay in the sun while the slaves dragged out from the city walls a gigantic statue of Caesar Caligula, placing it before the thirsty mob. In the cold night that followed, the watching troops could hear children crying as the benevolant visage of Caligula beamed down before them in the moonlight. When dawn came there was no relief from the torrid sun, and the old man who whispered the prayer died with its words still on his lips. Children fainted..."