Nebuchadnezzar barricaded Jerusalem for nearly two years and eventually breached the walls of the city in the month of Tammuz, that is, July 587 B.C.
The serpent was so huge that it denied Regulus and his army access to the Bagradas. With its large mouth it seized many soldiers and crushed them to death.
John XII preferred battles to Bible study, hunting to holiness, and was a notorious adulterer and liar. The prestige of the papacy was at its lowest ebb.