Many others were murdered. When a rumor circulated that Herod had died, 40 youths pulled down the golden eagle above the temple gate - but were arrested by soldiers. Herod ordered them burned alive. Concerned that no one would mourn his impending death, he ordered all the Jewish elders arrested and confined to the hippodrome, with orders to kill them all upon his own death. These orders were not carried out.
Petronius is impressed and sends a letter to Gaius explaining the situation. Gaius responds with an order to execute Petronius for delaying his orders, but the execution order is delayed by a shipwreck, Gaius is assassinated, and all his statues ordered destroyed in an effort to forget his reign. The news of his demise arrives in a timely manner.
April-May 66 AD, the daily sacrifice for Caesar is suspended by zealots. In November of that year, Nero dispatches general Vespasian to put down the rebellion, and Vespasian slowly squeezes the life out of the resistance as he advances toward Jerusalem. 70 AD, 1290 days after the rebellion, Vespasian surrounds Jerusalem.