- NAME: Pontius Pilate
- OCCUPATION: Government Official
- BIRTH DATE: Unknown
- DEATH DATE: Unknown
- AKA: Pontius Pilatus
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Pontius Pilate was a Roman governor under the emperor of Tiberius in the 1st century. He is best known as the judge of Jesus's trial.
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According to some traditions, the Roman emperor Caligula ordered Pontius Pilate to death by execution or suicide. By other accounts, Pontius Pilate was sent into exile and committed suicide of his own accord.
Some traditions assert that after he committed suicide,
his body was thrown into the Tiber River. Still others believe Pontius Pilate’s fate involved his conversion to Christianity and subsequent canonization. Pontius Pilate is in fact considered a saint by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
Regardless of what truly became of Pontius Pilate, one thing has been made certain—that Pontius Pilate actually existed. During a 1961 dig in Caesarea Maritima, Italian archeologist Dr. Antonio Frova uncovered a piece of limestone inscribed with Pontius Pilate’s name in Latin, linking Pilate to Emperor Tiberius’s reign.
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