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- See Pontius Pilate.
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- n. the Roman procurator of Judea who ordered that Jesus be crucified (died in AD 36)
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It was in this building that Pontius Pilate had his praetorium, where Jesus was condemned to death.
Annius Rufus, Valerius Gratus (A.D. 14) and Pontius Pilate (26) were successively appointed procurators of the country.
Jesus who witnessed before Pontius Pilate the good confession,
We possess at least the testimony of Tacitus (A.D. 54-119) for the statements that the Founder of the Christian religion, a deadly superstition in the eyes of the Romans, had been put to death by the procurator Pontius Pilate under the reign of Tiberius; that His religion, though suppressed for a time, broke forth again not only throughout Judea where it had originated, but even in Rome, the conflux of all the streams of wickness and shamelessness; furthermore, that Nero had diverted from himself the suspicion of the burning of Rome by charging the Christians with the crime; that these latter were not guilty of arson, though they deserved their fate on account of their universal misanthropy.
(Vienne on the Rhone), where a singular monument -- a pyramid on a quadrangular base, 52 feet high -- is called Pontius Pilate "s tomb, An other is that he sought to hide his sorrows on the mountain by the lake of Lucerne, now called Mount Pilatus; and there) after spending years in its recesses, in remorse and despair rather than penitence, plunged into the dismal lake which occupies its summit.
Using this interpretation any anionted functionary is a ‘Christ’—from Pontius Pilate to the British Queen.
1“Behold the man” is, of course, the phrase that Pontius Pilate uses when he presents Jesus to the hostile crowd in the Bible John 19:5, though Yeats may not have intended so specific an identification.