Simon was a name used by three individuals in The Jewish War. The main Simon of interest led one of the rebel factions in Jerusalem. Simon and the Zealots with John faced mutinous conditions. Simon became master of Jerusalem with the Zealots and John imprisoned in the Temple. The City had three plotters that included Eleazar and his party attacking John who plundered citizens and attacked Simon who was dependent on the City for his supplies as he struggled against the rival factions. Simon's fighters were 10,000 and 5,000 Idumaeans, while John had 6,000 and 2,400 Zealots under Eleazar when united. Simon held the Upper City and Great Wall while John held the Temple and surrounding areas. Internal divisions destroyed the City with the partisans John and Simon both taking turns plundering the wealthy. The Romans and Jews fought to the finish in Antonia. Simon hid underground. When he rose out of the Temple site he was seen as a ghost initially and then was captured. Titus sent seven hundred prisoners with the rebel leaders Simon and John to Rome for his triumphal procession.
The Jewish War