Although his birthdate is not known, the existence of Pontius Pilate is confirmed through a slab of limestone uncovered in 1961 by Italian archeologist Antonio Frova that was inscribed with the name of Pontius Pilate that linked him to the reign of Tiberius. He was appointed prefect of Judaea, Samaria and Idumaea by Tiberius. The usual term for a Roman prefect was 1 to perhaps 3 years, however Pontius Pilate served for 10 years. He is best known for his leadership of Judea and his conviction of Jesus for treason, saying Jesus had declared himself King of the Jews and had Jesus crucified. Under Roman law declaring one’s self King was a treasonous act. The biblical account of the trail of Jesus all portray Pontius Pilate as caving in to the demands for the death of Jesus. Matthew 27:19 is the only Scripture that describes reluctance to convict Jesus, saying “So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd saying, ‘I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves’”. Pontius Pilate Bronze Prutah were struck during his time in Judaea. Pontius Pilate died in 39 AD, the manner of his death is a bit of a mystery a matter of debate. Some believe he was ordered executed or ordered to commit suicide by Emperor Caligula. Others think that he was exile and chose to commit suicide of his own accord.