In 63 BC, the Roman general Pompey conquered Cele-Syria, including Judea, ending the independence of the Jewish dynasty of Hasmonaítas. Pompey granted autonomy to ten Greek cities on the eastern border of Cele-Syria; In this group, of which Hippos was one, it came to be called later Decapolis and was incorporated Syria-Roman Province. Under Roman rule, the Hippos a degree of autonomy was granted. The city minted its own coins, stamped with the image of a horse in honor of the city.
The ancient Sussita appear in many descriptions of Flavius Joseph
“Moreover, he rebuilt Gadara, which had been demolished a little before, to gratify Demetrius of Gadara, who was his freedman, and restored the rest of the cities, Hippos and Scythopolis, and Pella, and Dios, and Samaria, as also Marissa, and Ashdod, and Jamnia, and Arethusa, to their own inhabitants;”
Antiquities 14:75 JOSEPH
“There were also certain of the cities which paid tribute to Archelaus:—Strato’s Tower and Sebaste, with Joppa and Jerusalem; for as to Gaza, Gadara, and Hippos, they were Grecian cities, which Caesar separated from his government and added them to the province of Syria. Now the tribute money that came to Archelaus every year from his own dominions, amounted to six hundred talents.”
Antiquities 17:320 JOSEPH
Hippos is also describe as important and large city, where a BISHOP was located
feared that some other church might elect him as bishop, and that he would therefore be lost to Hippo. So, with the eager consent of his flock, he took a step then almost without precedent, and, unconsciously … for nearly thirty-five years Augustine was bp. of Hippo. His episcopate was occupied by grave controversies, and productive of monumental works; but it was … the time of Augustine’s ordination a majority among the Christians of the African provinces; at Hippo they were a very large majority, and terrorized the Catholics by exclusive dealing (c. Duas Lit. Petil. II. 184). …
“AUGUSTINUS, AURELIUS.,” A Dictionary of Early Christian Biography, 76.
… who had been represented in Palestine not only by Jerome, but by Orosius, fresh from Hippo, were naturally dismayed at what had happened there. …
… the bishop of the newly-created see of Fussala, a daughter-church of Hippo (Ep. 209). Antonius, like Apiarius (of whom presently), and possibly encouraged, like others (ib.8), …
“AUGUSTINUS, AURELIUS.,” A Dictionary of Early Christian Biography, 80.
Hippos is also described as important city in the Byzantine era
Augustine a Presbyter of Hippo (391–395).—Augustine at the time of his ordination as presbyter (he does not appear to have passed, as Ambrose had formally done, through the diaconate) … of Calamus, but appears to have spent much of his time at Hippo, which was only some forty miles away. Moreover, the example of the monastic life spread rapidly (Ep. 24, sub fin.); before Augustine died, there were at least three monasteries in Hippo alone (Vit. Ben. III. v. 4). Of his life as a presbyter we know few details … Possidius tells us that as the result Fortunatus left Hippo and never returned. In 393 a general council of African bishops met at Hippo, and Augustine preached to them de Fide et Symbolo (one of his best-known shorter works); he also …
“AUGUSTINUS, AURELIUS.,” A Dictionary of Early Christian Biography, 75.
Archaeological discoveries in Hippos-Sussita, on the Golan Heights
A few more discoveries made in northern Israel are shedding light on a relatively dark period in Israel's history. archaeological Excavasões the archaeological site of Susita (Hippos), high in the Golan Heights and along the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee revealed evidence of a major earthquake that occurred in the region. Among the findings are rounded rocks used in catapults, a part of a sculpture in marble and most importantly, a pendant of pure gold with pearls and precious stones. The revelations were made today to the media in Israel. The photographs were taken by Dr. Michael Einsenberg. member of the team of archaeologists who are digging at the site. Soon more discoveries will be made in this region and our team will bring more information about the results of excavations in the Golan Heights. According to the archaeologists made discoveries tell a little history of Israel in the third century AD.
A group of researchers at the University of Haifa in Israel, making a small round with small excavations around the old town of Susita on the Golan Heights discovered an incredible find, a bronze mask of the god Pan, the god of shepherds that was venerated with drink wine, touches of instruments and dances. The archaeological discovery sheds light on a familiar feature of many village of the region during the Roman period, around's First century AD. With the Greek conquest of the region by Alexander the Great duran you the fourth century BC, many cities in the region received influence of Hellenism which was suffocated by Maccabaeus in the second century BC. Later with the arrival of the Romans and the sudden the power of Herod the Great, again Hellenistic culture began to rise, which led many cities already assimilated to become cops, or a city based on the model of Greek cities, towns independent and watered the Greco-Roman culture and idolatry so common to these crops. Many archaeological site in the region of the Golan hills still have not been excavated, and because of the relative isolation, there is no doubt that much remains to be discovered in this beautiful region of the State of Israel.