How the Roman Jews fared during the chaotic year and a half between the violent end of Nero and the accession of Vespasian in December of 69 is completely unknown. Nor do we have any record of how they reacted to the siege and capture of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Holy City and its Temple in 70. Those Jews who, like Josephus, could tolerate the sight, witnessed the magnificent triumphal procession with which mighty Rome's victory over tiny Judaea was celebrated in grand style: To Josephus we owe a detailed account of the procession, in which the spoils of the Temple were displayed, seven hundred of the tallest and handsomest of the Jewish captives marched as prisoners, and the leaders of the revolt, Simon Bar Giora and John of Giscala, walked in chains.

from pages 28-29, The Jews of Ancient Rome