Because it was a backwater, minor little nowhere.<quoted text>The Holy Roman Empire "took care" of a lot of THAT evidence, couldn't U agree?! U don't remember how Israel has been at the whim of damn near every empire that has arose in that area?!...even before it was called Israel?! They haven't always been powerless but these last 1200-1500 years has really so-called "tested the faith" of the Hebrews!
when Pompey finally strode through the gates of jerusalem had long since passed its economic and cultural zenith. Cicero even called it the "hole in the corner" of the Roman empire. the only reason they were even allowed to keep their temple was it was a good way to rule the jews via the high priests they picked.
even when the babylonians conquered the area, Cyrus let the jews return to jerusalem because he considered them an irrelevant backwater of little interest or concern to an empire that stretched across Asia... the jews felt so grateful for this, the prophet Isaiah anointed Cyrus as messiah.
history is fun!