For Josephus’ description of the royal palace, the stadium, and the synagogue, see Vita 12(65–7); The Jewish War 2, 211, 6(618); Vita 54(277), respectively. For a summary of the city’s history during its first century, see Emil Schurer, The History of the Jewish People in the Age of Jesus Christ (175 B.C.–A.D. 135), vol. 2, ed., Geza Vetmes and F. Miller (Edinburgh, rev. ed. 1979), pp. 178–182.